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Nikki Haley Says The Republican Party Needs Trump And Explains Why

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Nikki Haley, former U. S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Tuesday that the Republican Party needed former President Trump and that she would talk to him if she decided to run for president in 2024.

The former South Carolina governor is due to deliver a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Tuesday evening – the latest 2024 hopeful to do so.

Like others in the running, she will have to navigate the Trump-shaped shadow hanging over the contest.

‘He has a strong legacy from his administration,’ she told the Wall Street Journal.

‘He has the ability to get strong people elected, and he has the ability to move the ball, and I hope that he continues to do that.

‘We need him in the Republican Party. I don’t want us to go back to the days before Trump.’

Her comments reflect the dilemma facing all the candidates considering a 2024 run: How much do they embrace a figure who excites the party base, but whose presidency ended in defeat at the polls and his supporters attacking the U. S. Congress?

Earlier this year, Haley, 49, tried one way. In January, soon after the Jan. 6 assault, she said: ‘His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.’

It brought an immediate backlash and a softer tone.

As well as the recent ridicule of her former boss.

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‘Every time she criticizes me, she uncriticizes me about 15 minutes later,’ he told Vanity Fair.

Now she is trying another way, calling the former president a friend and saying she would consult him on her future plans.

‘In the beginning of 2023, should I decide that there’s a place for me, should I decide that there’s a reason to move, I would pick up the phone and meet with the president,’ she said.

‘I would talk to him and see what his plans are. I would tell him about my plans. We would work on it together.’

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That marks a shift in her previous position that she would not run if Trump chose to.

And in her interview, she … (Read more)

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