Nikki Haley was snubbed Wednesday by Donald Trump when she requested a sit-down with the former president at his Mar-a-Lago residence, a source told Politico Thursday.
Trump and his former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations have not spoken since January 6, when Haley publicly blamed the former president for riling up his supporters before they stormed the Capitol.
The turn down for an in-person meeting came hours before Haley released an op/ed with the Wall Street Journal appearing to conduct damage control regarding her relationship with Trump after she continuously broke with him post-insurrection.
Trump denying Haley her requested meeting comes on the heels of a report last week where she spoke of rumored presidential ambitions and said Trump ‘let us down’ by his actions after the election.
In her interview with Politico last week, Haley insisted Trump wouldn’t run for public office again.
‘I think impeachment is a waste of time,’ she said.
When pressed on how Trump should be held accountable for ‘inciting the insurrection’, Haley said: ‘I think he’s going to find himself further and further isolated.’
‘I think his business is suffering at this point. I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he’s lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he’s lost the things that really could have kept him moving,’ she continued.
Donald Trump denied Nikki Haley’s request for a meeting Wednesday – as it appears the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is doing damage control on her relationship with the former president as she could launch a White House bid in 2024
The requested meeting would have taken place at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Southern Florida
Since leaving office, Trump (pictured here on Thursday) has spent much of his time golfing at his West Palm Beach golf club, just a 10-minute drive down the road from Mar-a-Lago
‘He’s not going to run for federal office again,’ she assured when pressed on the issue.
‘I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture,’ Haley said. ‘I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.’
In mid-December, she defended Trump’s election fraud claims.
‘I understand the president. I understand that genuinely, to his core, he believes he was wronged,’ Haley told Politico at the time. ‘This is not him making it up.’
Haley, however, has oftentimes flip-flopped her stance on Trump.
Haley appeared to realize, by evidence of her op/ed Wednesday, that her words against the former president could have consequences – including jeopardizing her ability to ride on Trump’s coattails while potentially ticking off his massive base of supporters, which are needed for any Republican to win a presidential election.
Haley’s Journal op/ed included condemnation of Trump, where she claimed he ‘will be judged’ for his actions – but she also praised the former president for the lasting changes he brought to the Republican Party.
‘Here’s my take: Most of Mr. Trump’s major policies were outstanding and made America stronger, safer and more prosperous,’ Haley wrote in her opinion piece. ‘Many of his actions since the election were wrong and will be judged harshly by history. That’s not a contradiction. It’s common sense.’
‘We can’t go back to the pre-Trump GOP,’ she continued. ‘Those days are over, and they should be.’
The main question of Haley’s op/ed: ‘Where does the Republican Party go from here?’
Haley is a prominent voice within the GOP, serving as governor of South Carolina before joining Trump’s administration as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for the first two years of his presidency.
Now, Nikki is facing encouragement from the GOP to run for president in 2024.
Haley released an op/ed late Wednesday night where she walked back on some of her outward criticism of Trump in what appeared to be a damage control moment
After Trump was acquitted on Saturday of the article of impeachment for ‘incitement of insurrection,’ rumors reemerged that he could still make a run for the White House again in 2024.
Even though the Senate voted against conviction, several members of the Republican Party, including those who voted for his acquittal, condemned Trump for his words allegedly leading to the Capitol insurrection on January 6.
Some of the former president’s most staunch supporters finally departed from Trump after the violent insurrection, which left hundreds injured and five dead – including a Capitol Police Officer.
Days before her Journal op/ed, Haley told Politico that Trump ‘let us down’ in the weeks after the 2020 presidential election, adding that he ‘went down a path he shouldn’t have.’
Haley said the press is using the riff in the Republican Party to further divide the GOP.
‘It [media] wants to stoke a nonstop Republican civil war,’ Haley wrote. ‘The media playbook starts with the demand that everyone pick sides about Donald Trump —either love or hate everything about him.’
‘The moment anyone on the right offers the slightest criticism of the 45th president, the media goes berserk: Republicans are trying to have it both ways!’ she continued. ‘It’s a calculated strategy to pit conservatives against one another. It’s also a ridiculous false choice. Real life is never that simple. Someone can do both good and bad things.’
She said ‘what’s good’ for the media ‘is bad for America’, namely the ‘hatred and polarization drawing attention, ratings and clicks’ to TV and computer screens.
Haley urged Republicans to not take an ‘all-or-nothing’ approach.
Haley served as Trump’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for the first two years of his term
‘Some Never Trump and Always Trump Republicans also attack anyone who doesn’t join the all-or-nothing chorus,’ she lamented. ‘That’s not how I saw Mr. Trump conduct himself when I worked with him in the White House, where he engaged in internal debates, welcomed disagreements, and at times changed his mind.’
Despite Haley’s condensation of post-election Trump, she still suggested the election was not conducted fairly.
‘Mr. Trump’s legal team failed to prove mass election fraud in court,’ she wrote. ‘But election security is still urgently needed.’
Trump returned to the public eye on Wednesday by first giving a tribute interview on Rush Limbaugh’s life and career to Fox News after the conservative radio personality died from cancer.
He then went on a media frenzy, announcing interviews on the trifecta of right-leaning media: Fox News – with Sean Hannity – One America News and Newsmax.