Nikki Haley, former US ambassador to the United Nations, said Tuesday that the Republican Party needs former President Trump and would talk to him if it decided to run for president in 2024.
The former governor of South Carolina will deliver a speech Tuesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California — the last hope in 2024 to do so.
Like others in the race, she will have to navigate the Trump-shaped shadow that hangs over the race.
“He has a strong legacy from his administration,” she told the Wall Street Journal.
“He has the ability to get strong people elected, and he has the ability to move the ball, and I hope he continues to do that.
“We need him in the Republican Party. I don’t want us to go back to the days before Trump.”
Nikki Haley will deliver a speech Tuesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California – the last 2024 hopeful to do so
Like all Republican hopefuls in 2024, Haley has to deal with the Trump-shaped shadow hanging over the contest. On Tuesday she said: ‘We need him in the Republican Party’
Her comments reflect the dilemma facing all candidates considering a 2024 run: To what extent do they embrace a figure who excites the party base but whose presidency ended in defeat at the polls and his supporters attacking the US Congress?
Earlier this year, Haley, 49, tried a way. In January, shortly after the January 6 attack, she said: “His actions since Election Day will be harshly judged by history.”
It brought an immediate kickback and a softer tone.
As well as the recent mockery of her former boss.
“Every time she criticizes me, she criticizes me about 15 minutes later,” he told Vanity Fair.
Now she tries it in a different way by calling the former president a friend and saying she would consult him about her future plans.
“If I decide in early 2023 there’s a place for me, if I decide there’s a reason to move, I’d pick up the phone and meet the president,” she said.
“I would talk to him and see what his plans are. I would tell him about my plans. We would work on it together.’
That marks a shift in her previous position that she would not perform if Trump chose to do so.
And in her interview, she found other ways to distance herself from the former president.
Trump appointed Haley as his UN ambassador, but the two have had a strained relationship since the January 6 violence
“There was fraud in the election, but I don’t think the numbers were so big that it steered the vote in the wrong direction,” she said, offering a small concession to Trump before declaring his larger claim that he would be president. should be denied now.
Haley was one of the few high-ranking figures in the Trump administration who managed to resign with her reputation intact. Diplomats at the United Nations praised her work in representing the US and she emerged as an early frontrunner to win the Republican nomination.
Her background as the daughter of Indian immigrants is another plus for a party that sometimes struggles to keep up with the country’s changing demographics.
Haley is not expected to focus on Trump in her speech. Instead, she will argue that the nation has distanced itself from its core values, to the detriment of them on the global stage.
“Much of our people are plagued by self-doubt or even hatred of America,” she says, according to an advance shared with The Wall Street Journal.
“It is a pandemic that is far more damaging than any virus. Every day more people think that life in the land of the free is a curse, not a blessing.’
She will put some of the blame on the news media, school curricula and liberals.
“We’ve been told that our founding principles are instruments of oppression,” she would say.
“We are told that the world’s freest and most prosperous country is no better than any other. In fact, we’ve been told it’s worse.”
Democrats’ descent into identity politics offers Republicans an opportunity, she will say.
“Republicans can’t make the same mistake,” she says, according to the excerpts.
“That message was our message at first. We have to bring it to the American people again.
‘We fight for a society in which people are judged by actions, not by color; where discrimination is ended, not embraced; where censorship is rejected and freedom of expression is protected.’