Understanding the President’s Cabinet: U.N. Ambassador
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Understanding the President’s Cabinet: U.N. Ambassador

Note: This is the post #21 in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here.

Cabinet position: U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Department:  U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) at the State Department

Current Ambassador: Nikki R. Haley

Department Mission: “The U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) serves as the United States’ delegation to the United Nations. USUN is responsible for carrying out the nation’s participation in the world body.” (Source)

Number of employees: Approximately 150

Primary Duties of the Secretary: Serves as the primary ambassador of the U.S. to the UN and the main representative of the U.S. on the Security Council of the United Nations.

Ambassador Info

Ambassador: Nikki R. Haley

Previous occupation: Governor of South Carolina (2011-2017)

Education: B.S. in accounting from Clemson University

Previous government experience:  State representative and Governor of South Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Methodist

Notable achievements:

• Author of the autobiography, Can’t Is Not an Option: My American Story.

• Was the first Indian-American to hold office in South Carolina (and the second Indian-American, after Bobby Jindal, to serve as governor.

• In 2016, she was included in Time Magazines’ “The 100 Most Influential People.”

Notable quotes:

On politicians and their religion: “I don’t think we should focus on what church that person walks into … I think we need to focus on what they do when they walk out of church.”

On public trust in America’s leadership: “The foundation that has made America that last, best hope on earth hasn’t gone anywhere. It still exists. It is up to us to return to it.”

On religious liberty: “[If Republicans held the White House] We would respect differences in modern families, but we would also insist on respect for religious liberty as a cornerstone of our democracy.”

Previous and forthcoming posts in this series: Vice PresidentSecretary of StateSecretary of the TreasurySecretary of Education, Secretary of LaborSecretary of Defense, Attorney GeneralSecretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of CommerceSecretary of Health and Human ServicesSecretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of EnergySecretary of Veterans Affairs, Secretary of Homeland SecurityWhite House Chief of Staff, U.S. Trade RepresentativeDirector of National Intelligence, Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).