WASHINGTON (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has been sworn in to be President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Vice President Mike Pence swore in Haley on Wednesday. The Senate voted 96-4 Tuesday night in favor of her nomination despite her lack of significant foreign policy experience.
During her confirmation hearing, the South Carolina-born daughter of Indian immigrants said she supports Trump’s call to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
She also took a harder line against Russia than Trump, saying she doesn’t think Moscow can be trusted right now.
Haley resigned as South Carolina’s governor moments after the Senate vote. She was succeeded by Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster.
Republican Sen. John McCain is pushing back on any efforts by President Donald Trump to use an executive order to allow enhanced interrogation.
In a statement on Wednesday, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee said the president can sign whatever executive orders he likes, “but the law is the law. We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America.”
McCain pointed out that the Senate voted overwhelmingly in June 2015 for prohibiting torture and endorsing only those techniques spelled out in the Army Field Manual. Waterboarding and other forms of enhanced interrogation are not included in the field manual.
The Arizona senator also said that Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo assured him that they would support the Army Field Manual.
McCain said he was “confident these leaders will be true to their word.”
A draft executive order shows President Donald Trump asking for a review of America’s methods for interrogation terror suspects and whether the U.S. should reopen CIA-run “black site” prisons outside the United States.
The order also would also continue America’s use of the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft from a U.S. official.
The document instructs senior national security officers to “recommend to the president whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States and whether such program should include the use of detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency.”
The document says U.S. laws should be obeyed at all times and explicitly rejects “torture.”
President Donald Trump says he will reveal his Supreme Court pick next Thursday. The court has had only eight justices since the death last year of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Trump tweeted early Wednesday, “I will be making my Supreme Court pick on Thursday of next week. Thank you.”
A person familiar with the process said the president has narrowed his choice to three federal appellate judges. They all were on the list of 21 potential high court picks Trump announced during his presidential campaign.
The leading contenders — who all have met with Trump — are William Pryor, Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman, the person said, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly about internal decisions.
President Donald Trump says he will order an investigation into voter fraud.
The president tweeted early Wednesday that the measures will affect those registered to vote in more than one state, “those who are illegal and even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time).”
Trump says that “depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures.”
Trump repeatedly made disputable claims of a rigged voting system before the election, but now in the White House, he continues to raise concern over fraud.