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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gives the GOP response to the State of the Union on Jan. 12, 2016.
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Trump appoints pro-life Gov. Nikki Haley as UN ambassador

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November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)--President-elect Donald Trump has picked pro-life South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the Trump transition team announced Wednesday morning.

Haley has a strong pro-life record, but her seeming willingess to capitulate to same-sex "marriage" being the law of the land has worried some social conservatives.

However, there had been speculation that Richard Grenell, an openly homosexual man and long-serving U.S. spokesman to the U.N., would be selected. Haley's selection points to the Trump administration chosing a much more socially conservative individual for such an influential position.

In 2013, Haley defended South Carolina's constitutional amendment upholding marriage as between one man and one woman and said she agreed with the law.

“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,” said Trump. “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, a Republican, signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects babies from painful late-term abortions. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a top legislative priority for the pro-life political group the Susan B. Anthony List. During his campaign, Trump promised to sign it into law.

Haley gave the GOP's 2016 response to President Obama's State of the Union address, during which she promised that a Republican administration would "respect differences in modern families, but we would also insist on respect for religious liberty as a cornerstone of our democracy."

During the same speech, Haley implicitly blasted Trump, asking Americans to reject "the siren call of the angriest voices" saying Muslim immigration to the U.S. should be restricted. 

“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,” said Governor Haley. 

Haley is the youngest governor in the country and became South Carolina's first female governor in 2011.

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