Who is Nikki Haley? Indian-American to challenge Donald Trump for 2024 Presidential Election

Nikki Haley on Tuesday announced that she will be running for the presidential election in 2024, challenging fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump by proposing a "new generation" of leadership in Washington.

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In a massive development, Former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday announced that she will be running for the presidential election in 2024, challenging fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump by proposing a "new generation" of leadership in Washington. As per US media report, Nikki Haley in a video address said, "I'm Nikki Haley and I'm running for president." The 51-year-old former governor of South Carolina and the daughter of Indian immigrants further said in a video statement, "It's time for a new generation of leadership -- to rediscover fiscal responsibility, secure our border, and strengthen our country, our pride and our purpose." Notably, Nikki is the first contender who will directly challenge former US President Donald Trump who will be running for the top post yet again in 2024. Not only this, Haley, 51, dug into the difference in ages between 80-year-old President Joe Biden and her challenger Trump, who’s 76. While Biden hasn’t formally announced his candidacy, he’s expected to do so in the coming weeks. Now, the question arises, who is Nikki Haley?

Who is Nikki Haley?

Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa Haley is the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She served in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2018. She was the 29th person to serve in the position.

After leaving office, Haley was a member of the Boeing Board of Directors from April 2019 to March 2020. During her tenure, she also launched Stand for America PAC in January 2021, which she said would be focused on supporting conservative candidates in the 2022 midterm elections. Haley previously served as the 116th governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, becoming the first Indian-American governor of the state. From 2005 to 2010, Haley served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 87, Lexington County.

As per the information available, Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, on January 20, 1972. Her parents—Sikh immigrants Dr. Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa—moved to the state from the Amritsar District of Punjab, India. She graduated from Orangeburg Preparatory School and received a B.S. in accounting from Clemson University in 1994. After finishing college, Haley worked at FCR Corporation, a waste management and recycling company.

Nikki Haley's husband

Nikki is married to William Michael Haley. He is a commissioned officer in the South Carolina Army. Michael specializes in Security Cooperation. He served a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012, as captain of the South Carolina Army National Guard. He and his unit were posted in the Helmand Province, and they helped local farmers to develop farming techniques. He also oversaw the development of cash crops to replace the opium poppies that were grown in the region before the way. Michael is originally from Ohio. He is an adoptee. After being fostered at the age of three, he was adopted at age four by Bill and Carole Haley.

What did Nikki say?

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In her address, Nikki said, "China and Russia are on the march. They all think we can be bullied, kicked. You should know this about me: I don’t put up with bullies. And when you kick back, it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels."

“Republicans have lost the popular vote in seven out of the last eight presidential elections. That has to change,” Haley said in a video posted to her Twitter account. She called for a new generation of leaders, saying Biden’s record was “abysmal” and that the “Washington establishment has failed us over and over and over again.”