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Nikki Haley takes new job at ultra-conservative think tank

Nikki Haley, who was too Donald Trump‘s last remaining challenger for the Republican presidential nomination until she dropped out of the race in March has a new job.

The former governor of South Carolina has accepted a position at the Hudson Institute, a Washington DC-based ultra-conservative think tank specializing in foreign policy matters.

She will become the institute’s Walter P. Stern chairman, a position named after Hudson’s former chairman who died in 2022. Haley served as US ambassador to the UN during Trump’s presidency and is the fourth member of his administration to join Hudson.

Former Attorney General William Barr did so in 2020, and ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao did so the following year.

“If our policymakers fail to call out our enemies or recognize the importance of our alliances, the world is less safe,” Haley said in a Hudson statement announcing her appointment. “That’s why Hudson’s work is so crucial.

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“They believe that the American people should have the facts and policymakers should have the solutions to support a safe, free and prosperous future. I look forward to working with them to defend the principles that make America the greatest country in the world.”

The statement did not detail what Haley’s responsibilities will be, whether the position is salaried and whether she will be required to work from Hudson’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

“It is fitting that Nikki has taken on this title. She is a courageous and insightful policymaker and these qualities are essential to making Hudson the powerful policy organization it is today,” said Sarah May Stern, chair of the board of trustees that govern Hudson.

Previous prominent Hudson figures include Henry Kissinger, the late veteran diplomat and Nobel Peace Prize winner; Dan Quayle, who served as vice president to George HW Bush from 1989 to 1993; and Alexander Haig, White House chief of staff in the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, then Secretary of State to Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1982.

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Haley, who received Hudson’s Global Leadership Award in 2018 for her work at the UN, would be a good fit for the institute, which has shown strong pro-Ukrainian and pro-Israel positions in recent months.

In contrast to Trump’s America First policy, which advocated little US involvement in foreign conflicts and affairs, Haley resolutely promoted a robust US foreign policy during her time at the UN.

Her relationship with Trump turned sour after she ran for their party’s presidential nomination. And unlike others who came before her, she has refused to support the former president’s return to the White House.

Analysts say her position makes her an unlikely candidate to become Trump’s vice presidential pick, despite still being popular with large numbers of Republican voters.

“It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond who did not support him, and I hope he does that,” Haley said during a brief concession speech in Charleston, South Carolina, in March.

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“Although I will no longer be a candidate, I will not stop using my voice for the things I believe in.”

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