Trump selects Gov. Nikki Haley for UN post

WASHINGTON  — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she is accepting President-elect Donald Trump's selection of her to be ambassador to the United Nations out of a "sense of duty."

Haley says in a statement Wednesday she will remain in her current job until she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Republican governor says she is satisfied that she will leave South Carolina on a "very strong footing."

Haley became South Carolina's first female and first minority governor when she took office in 2011.

She says she will "be forever grateful" that South Carolinians "took a chance on a little-known, 38-year old, minority, female governor."

She has two years remaining in her tenure. South Carolina limits its governors to two terms.

Haley spent much of the campaign season criticizing Trump. But on Monday she said none of that came up at their meeting last week in New York.