South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who has had a lukewarm relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, is reportedly being considered as the nation’s top diplomat.
Additionally, South Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster has been approached by Trump’s transition team about possibly serving as U.S. attorney general. McMaster is a former South Carolina AG.
“I’ve been asked if I would be interested,” said McMaster, who was the first statewide elected official nationally to endorse Trump. Additionally, according to McMaster, that members of Trump’s team have discussed Gov. Haley as a potential secretary of state and for at least one other position, though McMaster declined to comment as to the other position.
“Her name has been mentioned. The depths of consideration for the various names that have been mentioned for various things, I couldn’t tell you.”
Earlier, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tweeted that he had been informed by his sources that the two term governor is being considered for secretary of state.
Sources tell me Donald Trump is now considering Governor Nikki Haley for Secretary of State.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) November 16, 2016
Haley would be a surprising choice as during the Republican primary season, she endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Even after Rubio dropped out, she refused to jump on the Trump train, instead endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. During the primaries, she admonished Trump regarding releasing his tax returns, and Trump responded to her in true Trump fashion — through a tweet and with insults.
The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2016
Other names that have circulated over the last couple of days for the post include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.
Though Haley may be a surprising choice, she may be much better received than the others who have been mentioned. All come with significant baggage and a reputation for a very hawkish approach to foreign policy. At the same time, the South Carolina Governor has little foreign policy experience.