Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks with reporters after a tour of the campus of South Carolina State University on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Orangeburg, S.C. Haley, often mentioned as a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, said Monday that she would not seek her party’s nomination if former President Donald Trump opts to run a second time. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
UPDATED 7:17 AM PT – Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said she will not make a bid for the White House if President Trump chooses to enter the race himself. She made that comment Monday, following a tour of South Carolina State University.
Haley, who represented the U.S. at the United Nations from 2017 to 2018 and as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, has been floated as a leading contender for the GOP nomination in 2024.
While explaining her assurance she would not run against the 45th president, Haley pointed to her good working relationship with him. She also said she’s currently focused on fighting against Democrat attempts at dismantling the achievements of the Trump administration.
Analysts have pointed out Haley’s comments may be an attempt at regaining support among President Trump’s base after she publicly criticized him following the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.