Nikki Haley says she won't contest if Trump runs for White House in 2024, Internet says 'spine made of gelatin'
Haley's comments come just months after she openly criticized the 45th president in an interview and said believing him was a mistake by Republicans
Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, will not be running for the White House in 2024 if former President Donald Trump decides to run again. Haley's announcement comes as an answer to the Associated Press during a recent press conference where she also revealed she'd discuss this with him should such a situation arise where both are nominated.
Haley said "I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it,” Haley told The Associated Press at a press conference. “That’s something that we’ll have a conversation about at some point if that decision is something that has to be made.” This comes after the former South Carolina governor was reported to be the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination.
While Haley added that she'd support Trump if he runs for office in 2024, she also admitted that it's been a while since she's spoken to the former president. Haley recalled that the last time she had spoken to Trump was after the November 2020 election, but before the January 6 riots where his supporters allegedly stormed the US Capitol building. However, the two always had a "great working relationship” during her two-year tenure as the ambassador to the UN, Haley added. “I appreciated the way he let me do my job,” she said. “I thought we did some fantastically great foreign policy things together, and look, I just want to keep building on what we accomplished and not watch it get torn down.”
Haley's words of appreciation clash with her scathing remarks made following the Capitol riots when she told Politico that Republicans had made a mistake by listening to Trump. Predicting that he would find himself 'further and further isolated' in the near future, Haley had said: “He’s not going to run for federal office again".
Trump, meanwhile, has been busy hinting at his 2024 bid to run for office again, despite being the first POTUS in decades to hold office for a single-term presidency. As Trump keeps toying with his 2024 campaign, other GOP presidential candidates have been stalled in anticipation of what's coming from his end. Apart from Haley, there's also former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo eyeing the White House for a potential 2024 run. Pompeo has already been speaking in and around Iowa and New Hampshire, which happen to be the first two states to vote in presidential primaries.
The list of other potential GOP candidates include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and Senators Marco Rubio, Rick Scott and Tom Cotton. Haley's remarks are also being looked at as the most prominent indication of what's to happen to Trump's rivals should he choose to enter the Republican presidential candidate contest for 2024. As the most influential member of the GOP still, fighting against Trump in a bid to be the Republican nominee for next presidential election is being deemed as risky by many.
Social media, however, isn't all too fond of Haley's docility about withdrawing for Trump. "A spine made of gelatin. Remember this headline from way back in...February? "Nikki Haley criticizes Trump and says he has no future in the GOP"," tweeted a user about her recent remarks about not running for office in 2024 if Trump chooses to do so too. The Daily Edge newsletter however thought up of what looks like a possible conspiracy theory and explained "Trump will fundraise off Nikki Haley’s announcement she won’t run against him in 2024 until he’s banked enough cash from his MAGA morons to pay off his debts to China and Russia. Then he will announce he’s not running and endorse Nikki Haley."
Another slammed Haley tweeting "Nikki Haley flip-flops again and is back to supporting Trump - and would back him in 2024. So she would side with a man who instigated an insurrection & an attempted coup of this nations government based on lies. Niki is just about getting the vote" Some pointed out "the fucking audacity" in Haley's decision to run for office, while others labeled her and Trump "What a fool."
A spine made of gelatin. Remember this headline from way back in...February?— Eric Miller (@TheEPMiller) April 13, 2021
“Nikki Haley criticizes Trump and says he has no future in the GOP”
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Trump will fundraise off Nikki Haley’s announcement she won’t run against him in 2024 until he’s banked enough cash from his MAGA morons to pay off his debts to China and Russia. Then he will announce he’s not running and endorse Nikki Haley.— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) April 13, 2021
Nikki Haley flip-flops again and is back to supporting Trump - and would back him in 2024. So she would side with a man who instigated an insurrection & an attempted coup of this nations government based on lies. Niki is just about getting the vote, https://t.co/YdYyrN2DGJ— Harry Segarra (@ito33323) April 13, 2021
nikki haley is running in 2024????? 😭😭😭 the fucking audacityyyyy— zuko stan account (@aarabwitch) April 13, 2021
What a fool....they both are— caro (@Carojee_caro) April 13, 2021
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