9 Things You Need To Know About Nikki Haley, Trump's First Senior Female Appointee

Nikki Haley has become the first woman appointed by President-elect Trump to a senior political position in the US. But, what do we know about her?

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It finally happened.

Donald Trump has just appointed his first top-level woman, none other than South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, to become the US ambassador to the United Nations.

In a statement released yesterday, Trump said: 'Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country.

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'She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage,' he added.

Trump's appointment makes Haley the third consecutive female US ambassador to the United Nations, following Susan Rice and current ambassador, Samantha Power.

As a result, we've found the key details you need to know aboutTrump's arguably first pro-female decision:

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1. She's made history

In 2010, Nikki Haley became the first female governor of South Carolina.

2. She ironically spoke out against Trump during the presidential campaign

Despite being chosen for her new position by Trump, let's just say she's not his biggest fan.

Throughout the Republican nomination campaign, she vehemently supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the South Carolina primary. When Rubio left the race, Haley then backed Ted Cruz before having to admit she would vote for Trump in the election but was 'not a fan'.

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3. She likes Adele

4. She's the daughter of Indian immigrants

Immigration hasn't been Trump's biggest selling point (understatement of the century) so it's interesting to learn that Haley was the first minority governor.

She's the daughter of Indian immigrants and has previously spoken out against Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric.

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5. She's got a dog called Bentley

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6. She hasn't got the best foreign policy experience

Actually, she has no foreign policy experiences. Meanwhile, the current UN ambassador, Samantha Power was Obama's go-to-expert on foreign policy and has penned an award-winning book on humanitarian intervention.

Awkward.

However, she did garner support from Americans when she called for the state to remove the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina state Capitol after the massacre of nine black church members in Charleston in 2015.

'For many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past,' she said.

7. She's 44-years-old

Is married to a member of the Army National Guard and has two children, Rena (18) and Nalin (15).

8. She watches Narcos and Shameless

9. She apparently wanted another position

According to The Telegraph, Haley reportedly spoke with Trump about having a more senior position before 'accepting the nomination for UN ambassador.

Good luck, Nikki. You're going to need it if your work has anything to do with ol' Trumpo.

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