BREAKING: Trump’s First Primary Opponent His Own Ex-Official Who Would Have ‘Not Run If President Trump Ran’
Former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador under former President Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, has a big announcement coming up.
The Post and Courier, a newspaper in South Carolina, was the first to report Haley’s upcoming announcement to throw her hat in the ring in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
Fox News Digital has confirmation from several sources that Haley plans to declare her candidacy at a formal event in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 15.
Haley will be the second Republican to enter the race after Trump announced his third run for the White House in November of last year.
On Wednesday, Haley took to Twitter and said, “My family and I have a big announcement to share with you on Feb. 15! And yes, it’s definitely going to be a Great Day in South Carolina!”
Many pundits are pointing out that in 2021, the former governor famously said, “I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it.”
At the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting after the midterms, Haley said she would consider running for president in 2024.
She said, “A lot of people have asked if I’m gonna run for president. Now that the midterms are over, I’ll look at it in a serious way, and I’ll have more to say soon.”
She continued, “For now, I’ll say this. I’ve won tough primaries and tough general elections. I’ve been the underdog every single time. When people underestimate me, it’s always fun. But I’ve never lost an election. And I’m not gonna start now.”
Former President Trump attended two Republican events over the weekend, one in New Hampshire and one in South Carolina.
While traveling from one event to the other, Trump spoke about the possibility of Haley running and said he told her, “she should do it.”
“I talked to her for a little while, I said, ‘Look, you know, go by your heart if you want to run,’” he said. “She’s publicly said that ‘I would never run against my president, he was a great president.’”
It sounds like Trump has given Haley his blessing but don’t expect him to go easy on her when the race heats up.
Haley seems to have thrown the first punch, though, in speaking with Fox News. She said, “It’s bigger than one person. And when you’re looking at the future of America, I think it’s time for new generational change.
“I don’t think you need to be 80 years old to go be a leader in D.C. I think we need a young generation to come in, step up, and really start fixing things.”
When faced with her own words about supporting Trump in 2024, Haley said that was “before we surrendered to Afghanistan, it was before we saw this high inflation and high crime, it was before we saw drugs infesting all of our states, it was before we saw our foreign policy in disarray, so a lot has changed.”
“And when I look at that, I look at the fact if I’m this passionate and I’m this determined, why not me?” she said.
Other potential Republican candidates in the 2024 bid include Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.