(Washington) At the UN, she tirelessly defended America’s interests. Daughter of immigrants, known for her outspokenness, Republican Nikki Haley, 51, now hopes to govern it.
Abroad, the name of this dynamic and ambitious curator is closely associated with that of Donald Trump, of whom she was the spokesperson for two years.
On February 15, she will be the first candidate to challenge the former president for the Republican nomination.
“Lipstick on a Pig”
When he arrived at the UN in January 2017, this policy, then without international experience, clashed with its hard-hitting formulas on explosive subjects.
“You don’t put lipstick on a pig,” she says of the Iranian nuclear deal, which she will fight firmly, even if it means bullying some of the United States’ closest European allies in the process.
Some of her partners hail the “pragmatism” of this direct and warm woman. But for others, it is too “ideological” and “disconnected from reality” in its approaches.
A spokesperson for Donald Trump’s foreign policy for two years, Nikki Haley will take care to keep the leader at a safe distance despite everything.
As during the debates in 2018 around the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, accused of sexual assault: contrary to a large part of her camp, she calls to listen to her alleged victims.
Since the end of Donald Trump’s term, the attacks have become much more frontal, with Nikki Haley openly criticizing the president’s post-election crusade over alleged fraud that has never been proven.
“It’s time to appoint a Republican who can govern and win a national election,” she told Fox News recently.
Born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, this 50-year-old is the daughter of a couple of Indian immigrants of the Sikh religion.
She entered the political scene in 2004 when she was elected to the South Carolina legislature and gained national prominence six years later during her campaign to become governor.
After her election, she maintained her course on the right, displaying her hostility to unions and taxes, as well as to homosexual marriage, or by being reluctant to welcome Syrian refugees in her state.
On June 17, 2015, a white supremacist entered a church in Charleston and killed nine African-American worshipers in the Atlantic-bordered state. She then finally orders the removal of the Confederate flag, considered a symbol of racism by many, from the state legislature – a gesture seen as unifying.
A mother of two, Nikki Haley is married to a National Guard officer formerly deployed to Afghanistan.