Senate Confirms Trump Pick for UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley approved by 96-4 vote
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 25, 2017 12:19 AM CST
Senate Confirms Trump Pick for UN Ambassador
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.   (Evan Vucci)

The Senate confirmed President Trump's pick for US ambassador to the United Nations by a decisive margin Tuesday as GOP-led committees paved the way for three more of his Cabinet nominees to be approved just days into the new administration, the AP reports. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley won strong support for the UN post despite her lack of foreign policy experience. Senators voted 96-4 in favor of Haley's nomination. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Haley is a proven leader who will be a "fierce advocate" at the UN for American interests.

But not everyone was sold. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Haley didn't convince him that she'll serve effectively. The US ambassador to the international body should be an expert on international affairs, Coons said, "not someone who will be learning on the job." The vote on Haley capped a day in which the GOP-led panels endorsed Trump's choices to lead the Transportation, Housing, and Commerce departments. The Senate Commerce Committee approved by voice votes Trump's choices of conservative billionaire investor Wilbur Ross to run the Commerce Department and Elaine Chao to lead the Transportation Department. Ben Carson, nominated to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, won unanimous approval from the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. (More Nikki Haley stories.)

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