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Gov. Nikki Haley has accepted nomination as UN ambassador (live updates)

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South Carolina State of the State

Who will be standing here by the end of the 2017 legislative session? Good question. (File/AP photo)

3 p.m.

Early Trump supporter S.C. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster on Facebook weighed in on Gov. Nikki Haley receiving the UN Ambassador.

"Today is indeed a great day for South Carolina. In selecting Governor Nikki Haley to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, President-Elect Donald Trump has again demonstrated his determination to make America greater than ever before. Governor Haley will be an inspiration to all who believe in the American dream, at home and around the world. South Carolina is bursting with talent, and today we swell with pride that one of our daughters is preparing to step into history on the world stage. Mrs. McMaster joins me in offering our heartiest congratulations."

12:50 p.m.

From Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., on Twitter: "I congratulate Gov @nikkihaley on selection as UN Ambassador and wish her well. Tough job in our challenging times."

11:45 a.m.

Leonard Leo, former U.S. delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, praised President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as ambassador to the United Nations.

"Governor Nikki Haley will bring the right principles and priorities to the job of UN Ambassador. Having served as a governor, she will be able to spot instances where the UN is seeking to curb the sovereign interests of our country. She is committed to human dignity and will be able to push back on UN agendas that elevate abortion over the real human and civil rights atrocities that occur in dictatorships around the world. And she will be a friend to Israel and our own national security interests."

11:40 a.m.

Heritage Action for America President and CEO Mike Needham said on CNN that Nikki Haley would bring her experience as a "phenomenal governor" to the U.S. Ambassadorship to the United Nations, should she be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

"She is bright, a quick learner," said Needham. "She is going to be a fantastic representative."

Needham said that as governor of South Carolina she has the necessary foreign policy experience to perform ambassadorial duties, noting she had been overseas "over a dozen times."

Heritage Action for America is the advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank run by former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. DeMint also gushed over Haley's nomination Wednesday morning on Twitter.

10:25 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., joined a chorus of fellow politicians congratulating Gov. Nikki Haley on her nomination as ambassador to the United Nations by President-elect Donald Trump.

“Governor Haley is a tremendous leader, and South Carolina is grateful for her service. I have no doubt she will serve America well through defending and sharing our values and strengthening our relationships with Israel and other allies. I look forward to her confirmation process.”

10:02 a.m.

S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville, issued a statement congratulating Gov. Nikki Haley for being nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. 

"President-Elect Trump has made a tremendous and most capable choice by selecting our Governor to represent the United States in the international community," Lucas said I congratulate UN Ambassador Haley and am confident she will excel in this new impressive endeavor.”

9:55 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Gov. Nikki Haley as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations shows that Trump is committed to having a diverse team and will surround himself with people who are not afraid to share differing opinions.

In a post on his Facebook page, Duncan also hailed Haley's connection to the global economy through having businesses such as Boeing, BMW, Michelin and Volvo in South Carolina.

"In order for our state to become the economic success story that is talked about throughout the country, Nikki Haley has had to think globally from her first day in office," Duncan said. "She’s traveled the world to encourage businesses to relocate to South Carolina, and in the process has proven herself to be a skilled negotiator."

9:45 a.m.

The South Carolina political parties each offered their congratulations to Gov. Nikki Haley on her selection to the the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

"Governor Haley's appointment as U.N. Ambassador shows how far our state has come and how far our nation can go in the 21st century," said S.C. Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore. "I couldn't be more proud that the whole world will get to see Nikki Haley's strong, principled leadership in action. It's a great day to be an American!"

S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, however, expressed concern that Haley lacks foreign policy experience.

"I hope the Governor is a quick study because as one of the nation's top diplomats, she will have the critical task of dealing in real time with virtually every international crisis that arises," Harrison said. "For all of our sakes, I wish her great success!" 

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9:31 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., praised the nomination of Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as President-elect Donald Trump's U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

In his capacity as chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, which funds the United Nations and the country's foreign aid, Graham said he looked forward to working directly with Haley, should she be confirmed for the job.

Graham added he believed Haley would be a collaborator in instituting "overdue reforms of the United Nations" and stressed her commitment to bolstering the State of Israel.

"Her presence as Ambassador will be reassuring to all those who are concerned about the increasing hostility of the United Nations toward Israel," he said.    

9:28 a.m.

Just one week ago, Gov. Nikki Haley was elected vice chair of the Republican Governors Association — a position she will relinquish if and when she is confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

RGA chairman, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, said in a statement that Haley's "strong leadership will be a tremendous asset to President-elect Donald Trump’s commitment to make America great again."

9:11 a.m.

Gov. Nikki Haley will remain the governor of South Carolina until her nomination as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

"We still have much to do in South Carolina, and my commitment to the people of our state will always remain unbreakable, both while I continue to hold this office, and thereafter," Haley said in a lengthy statement Wednesday morning following the announcement by President-elect Donald Trump.

"I always expected to finish the remaining two years of my second term as governor. Not doing so is difficult because I love serving South Carolina more than anything," said Haley. "I was moved to accept this new assignment for two reasons. The first is a sense of duty. When the President believes you have a major contribution to make to the welfare of our nation, and to our nation’s standing in the world, that is a calling that is important to heed. The second is a satisfaction with all that we have achieved in our state in the last six years and the knowledge that we are on a very strong footing."

8:38 a.m.

It's official: President-elect Donald Trump has formally announced his intent to nominate South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"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,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday morning. “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.”

Haley, in turn, has formally accepted the nomination.

“Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally, and I am honored that the President-elect has asked me to join his team and serve the country we love as the next Ambassador to the United Nations,” Haley said in a statement included alongside Trump's in a release sent out by the administration transition team.

The transition team's memo announcing the nomination focused on Haley's record of negotiating with foreign governments on behalf of the Palmetto State's economic growth and development. 

8:35 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., whose son Alan Wilson currently serves as Gov. Nikki Haley's Attorney General, released a statement Wednesday morning praising reports that Haley could soon go to the United Nations at U.S. Ambassador.

"Governor Nikki Haley would be a strong and effective voice for America as our Ambassador to the United Nations, an often hostile environment," said Wilson, who serves on the U.S. House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Armed Services. "Her fortitude for freedom and democracy will prevail over constant attacks on America and our ally, Israel. As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I look forward to working with Nikki Haley to advance freedom and democracy around the world."

8:06 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is picking South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to become his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and she has accepted. The Post and Courier was the first to report the news at 12 a.m. Wednesday.

The move, expected to be formally announced later Wednesday, continues the steep political rise of the daughter of Indian immigrants that started six years ago when the Bamberg native was elected as South Carolina’s first female and minority governor.

The planned nomination to the cabinet-level post, confirmed by multiple sources with knowledge of the decision, is likely to raise questions about Haley’s qualifications for a major foreign policy role since she has little diplomatic experience as state lawmaker and governor.

This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the day with the latest developments.

Emma Dumain, Gavin Jackson and Maya T. Prabhu contributed to this report.

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