Washington : Amid reports that she was a contender for a spot in Donald Trump’s cabinet, Indian- American South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has asserted that the Republican Party needs to be inclusive and cannot afford to forget immigrants or people of colour, reports PTI.
“If we as Republicans are going to lead effectively and have staying power as a governing power, we must accept that Donald Trump’s election was not an affirmation of the way Republicans have conducted themselves,” Haley told a Washington DC audience on Friday. “He ran against both parties, against a political system he argued was fundamentally broken, an argument the voters subscribed to in massive numbers. They rejected the political class of all stripes, Republicans included. And we have no one to blame but ourselves,” the 44-year-old Republican leader said. Her remarks come amid speculation that she was a top contender for either secretary of state or secretary of commerce in Trump’s cabinet.
After the November 8 general elections, the Republican Party not only taken control of the White House, but also retained its majority in the US House of Representatives and the Senate. It also won a record number of governors’ elections. Haley on Thursday had met Trump. In her first public remarks after that, Haley did not mention anything about her meeting but delivered a speech in which she reiterated her position on issues of ethnicity, race and religion, which are different from that of Trump. She recollected the immigration experience of her parents who came from India with just USD 8 in their pocket.