Amid rumors of a potential secretary of state appointment, South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley will meet with President-elect Donald Trump in Manhattan Thursday.
Sources within Trump's White House transition team have confirmed that Haley, the Palmetto State's first female governor, is being considered for secretary of state.
But Haley will discuss not only the possibility of serving in the State Department but also other potential Cabinet positions, the Charleston Post and Courier reported.
As the governor ascended Trump Tower shortly before noon, Kellyanne Conway told reporters that she personally thanked Haley and her husband for traveling to New York to meet with the president-elect.
“We’re just happy to have her here for her advice and her counsel and hearing about the great success story that is South Carolina under her leadership,” Conway said.
Trump will also be meeting Thursday with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, former Cincinnati Mayor and onetime Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger — among others — members of Trump's transition team confirmed Thursday morning.
Trump aide Jason Miller told reporters that there is “no arbitrary time table” for when Cabinet positions will be announced. “With regards to the time frame for announcements … the president-elect will be announcing specific Cabinet recommendations as well as additional key staff members when the decisions have been made,” he said.
“The focus from this administration will be to put together the absolute best team to help move this nation forward," Miller added, "and when those decisions have been made by the president-elect, then they will be announced.”
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, a longtime Trump ally, told the Post and Courier that he, too, is being considered for a Cabinet position by the Trump administration. A former U.S. attorney and state attorney general, McMaster said he is under consideration for attorney general.
Very critical of Trump early in the campaign, Haley was an ardent and early supporter of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the GOP primaries. She maintained that she was "not a fan" of the Manhattan businessman even after he solidified the Republican presidential nomination but insisted she would cast her vote for him anyway.
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