Watch live: Nikki Haley's confirmation hearing for U.N.

By UPI Staff  |  Updated Jan. 18, 2017 at 1:13 PM
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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is one of four Cabinet nominees expected to be in the hot seat at 10 a.m. Wednesday amid a flurry of confirmation hearings in the Senate.

The one-time Marco Rubio supporter was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Haley, 44, the daughter of Indian immigrants who was born in Bamberg, S.C., has little foreign policy experience but has worked on domestic trade and labor issues. Her foreign policy work centers on negotiating with international companies seeking development deals in South Carolina and leading seven overseas trade missions during her two terms as governor.

Haley supported Sen. Rubio, R-Fla., during the Republican primary and criticized Trump's campaign proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.

In what was regarded as a dig at Trump's campaign, she also criticized the "angriest voices" within U.S. politics and their "siren call" to voters during the Republican response given to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address earlier this year.

Henry McMaster, South Carolina's lieutenant governor, would replace Haley as governor if she is confirmed.

Andrew V. Pestano contributed to this report.

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