NEW YORK (TIP): The Indian American community hailed president-elect Donald Trump’s selection of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to be the next US Ambassador to the UN and expressed the hope that she will do a great job in her new position.
Rajiv Khanna, President, India-America Chamber of Commerce, told TIP that Trump has to be commended for such decision. ” I am very happy to hear that an Indian-American has been selected to be the U.S. ambassador to the UN. I hope this would give her the foreign policy credentials, which would enable her to run for President some day. President elect Trump has to be commended for being a president to all people and picking the best persons for his administration, including those who have not supported him in the election.”
Former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who ran against Trump in the GOP primaries, tweeted: ‘Congrats to my friend @NikkiHaley! She has done an outstanding job leading South Carolina and will represent us well at the UN.’
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal tweeted: ‘Impressive pick for UN Ambassador…Congrats to Gov. @nikkihaley, first Indian American nominated for this important position.
US Ambassador to India Richard Verma tweeted: ‘Congratulations Gov. Haley on your nomination to be the next US Amb to @UN. Proud moment for Indian-American community! @nikkihaley @USUN’
Sampat Shivangi, an old-time Republican leader, told Times of India that Trump’s decision a “masterstroke” which Trump’s decision a “masterstroke” which would not only bring the Indian-American community closer to the Republican Party, but also strengthen India-US relationship.
“Haley’s appointment — her Indian and Sikh heritage — is a clear indication of inclusivity for the incoming administration. The President-elect is uniting the party and getting competent leaders with proven track record to serve in his administration,” Times of India quoted Puneet Ahluwalia, who was advisor to the Trump Campaign on Asia Pacific Islanders committee.
Sanjay Puri, Chairman of US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) congratulated Nikki Haley on her nomination, remarking, “USINPAC has been working with the Trump transition team to make sure that qualified Indian Americans have the opportunity to serve in the Trump administration. Gov. Haley has done a tremendous work as South Carolina’s first female and Indian American Governor and she will surely succeed as the top diplomat at the United Nations.”