Nikki Haley stars in the Pandora’s Box called Donald Trump’s Cabinet

She notably comes from a small prosperous circle of billionaires who has always donated to the Republican Party.

Written by Nandini Rathi | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 2:58 pm
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US President-elect Donald Trump has named two-time Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley as his choice for Ambassador to the United Nations. The 44-year-old Haley is of Indian origin and the first non-white woman invited to join the Trump administration, which has been under fire for containing infamous older, white men like Steve Bannon – the former executive chair of alt-right-mouthpiece Breitbart, anti-Islam conspirator Mike Flynn and Klan supporter Jeff Sessions.

Trump also named Betsy DeVos, a former Michigan Republican Party chairperson, as the Secretary of Education. She notably comes from a small prosperous circle of billionaires who has always donated to the Republican Party. This is the latest pre-Thanksgiving development – a push towards a little diversity – in the Trump cabinet, which is in process of being populated with a characteristic Reality TV flourish of the Commander-in-Chief to be.

Both these Republican women originally had been prominent, vocal critics of Donald Trump in his campaign days, with Haley in particular drawing his supporters’ wrath when she called him out for failing to unequivocally condemn the white supremacist groups supporting him. Interestingly, upon Haley’s step down as the Governor of South Carolina, she will be replaced by Henry McMaster, an early and vocal Trump supporter.

Haley and DeVos would be joining amidst mixed reactions about their capability and intentions towards their role. Although a rising star within the Republican party, unlike all her predecessors, Haley’s experience in foreign policy is nondescript for the role she would be shouldering as one of US’1s top diplomats. In a recent speech, Haley said her parents told her and her siblings to be grateful to God everyday for being in America.

Because, of course, India is such a sorry place to be in?

The internationalist sensibility she will bring to her top job — while working for an isolationist President – is anybody’s guess.

DeVos is expected to preside over defunding the traditional American public education in favour of private charter schools. Her nomination has drawn sharp criticism of Trump administration from the National Education Association, the largest teacher association in the US – of being “out of touch” with “what works best what works best for students, parents, educators and communities’’.

It is actually hard to picture of the Trumpian cabinet from these motley bunch of nominations which contains both Klan supporters and Klan denouncers. On Wednesday, GOP Presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr Ben Carson, who is African American, shared on social media that he might consider working in the Trump administration – a reversal from his earlier stance.

Oh and who will be the Secretary of State – the toxic Rudy Giuliani or a moderate Mitt Romney? Meanwhile, Former Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal is still one of the names being floated in the leads for the Department of Health and Human Services. If chosen, would this Indian-heritage-repressing brown senator be another feather in diversity’s cap? It’s hard to say.

The audience has no option but to wait for the next tweet burst about the “finalists” from the King.

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First Published on: November 24, 2016 6:17 pm
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    Jaago
    Nov 24, 2016 at 7:21 pm
    Wow! What an ill conceived "opinion"! Don't think Ms. Rathi has any idea of US politics nor does she have a clue about realpolitik plays currently underway with President elect Trump's efgorts to build X consensus cabinet. She probably doesn't realize that the alt-right movement is far less extreme than the entrenched socialist-pro Islamist agenda of the so-called liberal left.lt;br/gt;In any case, the US can shape policy however they choose. #moveon and report on concerns in India.lt;br/gt;Agree with readers G, Baldev and Anando.
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      Anando
      Nov 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm
      I am in complete agreement with VJ Patel. The writer has a clear negative bias towards the Trump administration and his cabinet choices. It is truly amazing that people who do not live in the country and have no "skin in the game" can have such unbalanced viewpoints. As a starting point, check your spelling .. it is Haley and not Halley. And she is not a billionaire as your article implies in the headline. And why is Trump's cabinet a Pandora's box ? Do you have clairvoyant powers that the rest of us mere humans do not. Haley was born in the US and her parents (like all immigrants) are grateful that they are in America. What is so wrong with that. And how is that any way shape for or the other, a dig at life in India. Did you want her to move back to India. Giuliani is toxic - how ? For prosecuting white collar crime and handling 9/11 in a very effective fashion. And where do you get your information that Bobby Jindal is being considered for HHS. Other than a formal announcement, Ben Carson is the nominee. Hypothetically, even if Jindal was chosen, what is so difficult to understand about the diversity part. What then in your viewpoint is diversity ? It is amazing that such an article was allowed to be published -- clearly biased and not based upon any research.
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        Anando
        Nov 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm
        Part 2 .. I completely forgot about the education part. Article implies that the American eduction system will be defunded from public to charter schools. Ignorance raised to many exponents. She favors school choice and vouchers .. very different than complete revamp of the system. And guess what, where is the criticism cmong from .. Teachers Unions. Why ? Because school choice exposes inefficiencies in the system. And you completely forgot about Common Core .. which is a lot more controversial than school choice.
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          avi
          Nov 24, 2016 at 9:43 pm
          Good Luck Punjab Di Beti !
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            Baldev
            Nov 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm
            What is wrong with Ms. Nandini Rathi. I cannot remember having read a more biased and prejudiced article in any newspaper. BTW how would you react if I misspell your name as Nandini ROTI instead of Rathi?
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              George Zwierzchowski
              Nov 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm
              whats the matter? She's not brahmin enough?
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                Amit
                Nov 24, 2016 at 7:33 pm
                When will media start reporting accurately instead of imposing their own personal and biased thoughts.
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                  Manu USA
                  Nov 24, 2016 at 7:19 pm
                  Indian Media is simply crazy n stupid. Nikkie is not Indian in anyway.dhe married white n think American. Also, Bobby. Bobby is worst, who does not even consider his heritage as Indian. He is so greedy. He can change anything for power. He needs to eat more n gain weight to look like American. But, any way they r not Indians.
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                    Vijay Kumar
                    Nov 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm
                    Theses papers are narrowing chances of indian dreamers from getting to US by painting picture of their hating pres-elect as w india's opinion. But in fact 80% of indians minus congis are accepting him.
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                      VJ Patel
                      Nov 24, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                      This is one of the silliest and most speculative articles I have ever read. A circle of billionaires? There are only a few people in the US considered billionaires; she is not one of them. And why is Giuliani toxic? Many Americans consider him a hero for the way he reduced crime in NYC and handled 9/11. Nikki Haley lives in the US, not India. What is so wrong about her being grateful for the country she lives in? I think you should do more research and less speculation. Pathetic.
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