Nikki Haley Says She Will Vote for Trump - The World News

Nikki Haley Says She Will Vote for Trump

In her first public appearance since she dropped her Republican presidential bid in March, Nikki Haley, the former United Nations ambassador, on Wednesday said she would vote for former President Donald J. Trump.

Speaking at the Hudson Institute in Washington, a conservative think tank, Ms. Haley delivered a scathing critique of President Biden and Republicans on foreign policy. During her speech, she made no mention of the elephant in the room: Mr. Trump.

But in fireside chat afterward, the moderator, Peter Rough, asked Ms. Haley who she believed would do a better job as president. As a voter, Ms. Haley said she would want a president who would secure the border, curb the national debt and strengthen U.S. foreign policy.

“Trump has not been perfect on these policies. I’ve made that clear many, many times,” she said. “But Biden has been a catastrophe.”

Echoing many of the signature themes from her campaign during her speech, Ms. Haley argued that “a growing number of Democrats and Republicans have forgotten what makes America safe.”

“A loud part of each party wants us to abandon our allies, appease our enemies and focus only on the problems we have at home,” she added. “And while we dither, our enemies will expand at our expense.”

As Mr. Trump’s longest-standing rival in the 2024 primary contest, Ms. Haley carved out an important lane for herself as the voice for Republican and independent voters looking for an alternative to the former president. While she was included in recent chatter about Mr. Trump’s possible running mates, he recently all but ruled out the possibility of selecting Ms. Haley, who also is a former South Carolina governor.

Her decision on whether to endorse him could play a pivotal role in shaping the presidential contest. In her chat after the speech, she also said Mr. Trump “would be smart to reach out to the millions of people who voted for me and continue to support me and not assume that they’re just going to be with him.”

Ms. Haley, who was named the new Walter P. Stern chairwoman at the Hudson Institute, has built a formidable network of high-dollar donors and has a solid base of younger people, college-educated voters and independents that she has warned Mr. Trump he needs to win. But she and the former president grew increasingly bitter at the end of the primary.

In her speech, she criticized Mr. Biden for his withdrawal from Afghanistan and what she described as his failure to take on China and Iran. She called his recent decision to withhold a shipment of bombs to Israel as “foolish.”

“Withholding them validates the totally false and destructive narrative that Israel is acting unjustly by defending herself,” she said.

But she did not do the same to Mr. Trump, whom she had described as a dangerous agent of chaos throughout her campaign. Instead, she reserved her choice words for members of her own party, disaparaging them for promoting an isolationist approach to Ukraine’s war with Russia.

“Just a few weeks before Biden threw Israel to the wolves, many Republicans in Congress tried to push Ukraine off a cliff,” she said, praising Speaker Mike Johnson for demonstrating “moral courage and a clear understanding of the stakes.”

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