Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyBiden funding decision inflames debate over textbooks for Palestinian refugees The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden: Let’s make a deal on infrastructure, taxes Pence launches conservative political group MORE on Monday said that she would not mount a bid for the White House in 2024 should former President Donald Trump decide to run again.
“I would not run if President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been ‘so much worse’ without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid ‘white lives matter’ protest MORE 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.”
Haley, a former South Carolina governor and prospective candidate for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination, said that she would support Trump if he makes another run for the White House.
But she also acknowledged that it had been quite some time since she spoke with the former president. Asked about the last time she talked to Trump, Haley said that it had been after the 2020 presidential election, but before Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to disrupt the certification of the election results.
Still, she said she had a “great working relationship” with Trump during her nearly two-year tenure as his top envoy to the U.N.
“I appreciated the way he let me do my job,” she added. “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.”
There’s still undeniable tension between Trump and Haley. In an interview with Politico in the weeks after the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol, Haley delivered a scathing assessment of the former president, saying that it had been a mistake for Republicans to listen to him and predicting that he would find himself “further and further isolated” in the coming months and years.
In that same interview, she offered a clear assessment of his political future: “He’s not going to run for federal office again.”
But nearly three months removed from the end of his first and only term in the White House, Trump has continued to privately toy with the notion of a 2024 comeback campaign, a reality that has frozen other potential GOP presidential candidates in their tracks as they wait to see what he decides.
Haley isn’t the only Trump administration alum eyeing a potential White House bid in 2024. Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoBlinken: China ‘didn’t do what it needed to do’ in early stages of pandemic Biden loves the Georgia boycott — So why won’t he boycott the Beijing Olympic games? The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden assails ‘epidemic’ of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE has been making speaking rounds in Iowa and New Hampshire, the two first states to vote in presidential primaries. Other potential candidates include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida newspaper blasts DeSantis’s ban on COVID-19 passports: ‘Makes no sense’ Buttigieg hopes cruises will return by mid-summer The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – World mourns the death of Prince Philip MORE, South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – World mourns the death of Prince Philip The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden assails ‘epidemic’ of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Five things to watch for at the GOP’s donor retreat MORE and Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Memo: Biden’s five biggest foreign policy challenges Hillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says ‘our employees made the choice’ Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonMcConnell, GOP slam Biden’s executive order on SCOTUS Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (R-Ark.).
Haley’s remarks on Monday offered perhaps the clearest indication yet of what Trump’s possible entrance into the Republican presidential contest could mean for would-be rivals’ own political prospects. Trump remains the most influential figure in the modern GOP, and competing with him in a primary contest is seen by many Republicans as a risky undertaking.