Clemson, South Carolina (AP) – Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, said Tuesday that she would use her Christmas break to consider the possibility of the 2024 presidential election, which Trump chose. He refuted last year’s statement that he would not participate in the election if he did. Try again.
“I will be taking a vacation to review the situation,” the former South Carolina governor said at an event at his alma mater, Clemson University, sponsored by Turning Point USA. “If you decide to do it, put in 1,000% and finish it.”
The comments were similar to Haley’s remarks at a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas last week, where Haley hopes to pitch at the Republican Party’s first major conference in the 2024 election cycle. He was one of ten potential Republican White House candidates.
“I’ve never lost an election. I’m not going to start now,” Haley said in a line repeated at Clemson on Tuesday.
But Hailey’s new tone is that during a visit to a historically black college in her home country in April 2021, she said “yes” when asked if she supported the future Trump presidential campaign. It’s a complete contrast to when Haley also said she would not seek the nomination of her own party if her Trump also ran.
“If President Trump ran for office, I would not run and would talk to him about it,” Haley asked the Associated Press. It’s what we talk about.”
Hailey’s staff on Tuesday said Haley changed her tone on whether such conversations took place or what 2024 holds for her now that Trump is officially in the race. He refused to say what the cause was.
Haley served six years as governor of South Carolina before Trump asked her to join his cabinet, but after serving two years as ambassador to the United Nations, she resigned of her own accord. There were moves to move back to Carolina, launch a political action committee, and publish a memoir that alluded to a possible bid for higher office.
Like other Trump administration officials considering a presidential run, including former Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Haley has walked a tightrope between criticism and praise of the former president. After the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Haley said Trump was “grossly wrong” to stir up crowds ahead of the riots, adding, “His actions since Election Day are history.” will be severely judged,” he said.
Since then, Haley has touted her administration’s accomplishments, even going so far as to defend her former boss as “outspoken,” as she did in early 2021.
A spokesman for the Trump campaign did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Haley’s remarks on Tuesday. He called Haley “disappointing to see a politician properly using 2024 as a life support for his political career by President Trump.”
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