Current U.N. Ambassador and former Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley reportedly turned down an offer from President Trump to become Secretary of State, Politico reports.
The article states that the President first met with Haley to offer her the job on Nov. 17, but she turned the then-President elect down, saying that she “lacked the requisite foreign policy experience for the job.”
Haley, a rising star in the Republican Party, was largely critical of Trump during the primary season, prominently endorsing and campaigning for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
The White House has reportedly denied that she was offered the position.
Meanwhile, some believe that the 45-year-old ambassador is well suited to become Secretary of State in the near future.
“She’s perfectly positioned to inherit the State Department,” said a George W. Bush-era foreign policy expert. “She needs a year or two at the U.N., and then she will get the State Department.”
Haley has not shied away from the press during her role as ambassador, distinguishing herself as a strong figure while asserting her independence from the State Department.
“The president has not once called me and said, ‘Don’t beat up on Russia,’ has not once called me and told me what to say,” Haley told ABC’s Martha Raddatz in an interview that aired Sunday. “I am beating up on Russia.”
Press Secretary Sean Spicer seems to agree. “His ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before the U.N. Security Council on her first day and strongly denounced the Russian occupation of Crimea,” Spicer said.