UCCA STATEMENT ON THE NOMINATION OF GOVERNOR NIKKI R. HALEY AS PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE UNITED NATIONS
16 January 2017New York (January 16) – The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest grassroots representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, looks forward to continue our decades of cooperation with the United States Mission to the United Nations as the United States transitions into a new administration. President-elect Donald Trump has nominated to his Cabinet the Governor of South Carolina, Nikki R. Haley, as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. We commend the nomination of the daughter of immigrants to the Presidential Cabinet, and the continuation of a nearly four-decade history of leadership by a woman in that post, beginning with Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick and continuing through the term of Ambassador Samantha Power. Both ambassadors Power and Kirkpatrick were recipients of the Shevchenko Freedom Award, the highest accolade accorded by the UCCA, for their remarkable understanding of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian history of struggle on the road to independence and self-determination. As we remain unfamiliar with Governor Haley’s geopolitical view of the world, the UCCA and our community of 1.5 million Ukrainians in America will look on with great interest during the governor’s upcoming Senate confirmation hearing in front of the Committee on Foreign Relations, as we expect other communities in the Central and Eastern European Coalition of 20 million Americans will as well.