November 17

Could Haley Be Trump’s Secretary of State?

President-elect Donald Trump is busy choosing who will be in his administration. As Trump was quite the polarizing candidate, many Republican politicians were reluctant to endorse him for president. They also did not think it would be possible he would get to the Oval Office, so potentially backed away from him in order to save their own careers. But then, Trump shocked the nation and won the White House. And now, he has to choose his team. And although he could hold grudges against the politicians who stood against him, Trump seems to be extending the Olive Branch, and bringing onto his team the best politicians for the job during the transition process.

One person who is reportedly being considered for the Secretary of State position is Governor Nikki Haley from South Carolina. Haley was an original supporter of Marco Rubio, and spoke out against Donald Trump. In January, she said, “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.” Trump, of course, fired back that Haley is “weak” on immigration and that she does not feel strongly about it.

But now, differences are clearly put aside as the party moves forward. Haley officially endorsed Trump in October, although she stated she was still “not a fan.” But as the party moves forward, this is a clear sign of party unity, as politicians put the past in the past and move forward. Also, Trump considering a woman for this position breaks some stereotypes about him and his views of women. There are a lot of wounds that need to heal after this election cycle, and Haley as Secretary of State is a step in the right direction. The narrative that was painted about Trump is slowly dissolving around his actions, and the GOP seems to be coming together.