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Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley fueled 2024 rumors recently when she went after Donald Trump.
Now, she’s trying to play her cards close to the chest.
During an interview Tuesday morning on Fox News, Haley dodged when asked by host Sandra Smith about whether she plans to run for president in 2024.
“Those are strong words. Ambassador, I always finish by asking about your ambitions for 2024. Having you respond to all of that, I’m sure people at home are wondering as well will you be running for president?” Smith asked.
“I don’t think I have to make that decision yet, but I can tell you, we are going to make sure we win a lot of House, Senate, and Governors races in ‘21 and ‘22. We are getting to work,” Haley replied.
Back in April, Haley fueled 2024 rumors when she thought it would benefit her politically to go after Trump.
After extreme blowback, Haley tried to pucker up to Trump.
While speaking to reporters in South Carolina, Haley said that she would not launch a presidential campaign if Trump were to run for the White House again.
Haley said that she would throw her support behind Trump if he ultimately decides to run for president again.
“I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it,” Haley told reporters. “That’s something that we will have a conversation about, at some point.”
Haley claimed she and Trump had a “great working relationship.”
“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.”
I asked @NikkiHaley if she would support Donald Trump if he runs again in 2024.
“Yes,” she told me.
“I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it,” she added. “That’s something that we will have a conversation about, at some point.”
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— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) April 12, 2021
Now, this is the exact opposite of what she was saying a few months ago.
During an interview with Politico, Haley said she was “disgusted” by Trump’s comments and actions regarding the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally.
Haley told Politico:
“Fast forward, I’m watching the television the morning of the 6th and I see Don Junior get up there. And then I hear the president get up there and go off on Pence. I literally was so triggered, I had to turn it off. I mean, Jon [Lerner] texted me something and I said, ‘I can’t. I can’t watch it. I can’t watch it,’ because I felt the same thing. Somebody is going to hear that, and bad things will happen.”
I asked Haley whether she has spoken to Trump since January 6. She shook her head.
“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” Haley hissed, leaning forward as she spoke. “Mike has been nothing but loyal to that man. He’s been nothing but a good friend of that man. … I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”
Since her comments, Haley has been dealt two major blows as things are starting to backfire on her in a major way.
First, she attempted to get a meeting with Trump and he denied her request.
Trump flat-out refused to meet with Haley or even give her the time of day.
Secondly, Haley was not invited to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference next week, but Trump was the keynote speaker.
In other words, her comments have boxed her out from prominent Republican circles.
And now she is trying to clean up her mess and suck up to Trump because she wants to run for president in 2024.
Haley is just another member of the D.C. swamp and attacking Trump is par for the course.