South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley easily won confirmation to be President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of confirmation, with just four senators — Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware and Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico — voting against her. It was a quick confirmation, and a striking reversal in fortune for a woman who loudly criticized Trump during the GOP primary and endorsed one of his rivals, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
The two-term governor faced questions from Democrats over her lack of experience with global affairs but won approval from senators for her handling of prickly issues, such as relations with Russia and UN actions toward Israel, during her confirmation hearings. She’s the first woman to be confirmed to Trump’s cabinet, but likely not the last. Elaine Chao’s nomination as Transportation Secretary was passed out of committee on Tuesday as well.
Unlike Trump’s secretary of state pick, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Haley broke with Trump’s official position and repeatedly criticized Russia during her confirmation hearing.