Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who served as ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump, said she would support her former boss if he ran for the White House again in 2024 and would not run against him.
Republicans have long eyed Haley, a woman of color, as a formidable candidate to lead the GOP ticket for president one day. She is expected to make a bid if the field is open, but a Trump candidacy would make it difficult for other Republicans to gain traction.
"I would not run if President Trump ran," Haley told an Associated Press reporter. "And I would talk to him about it. That's something that we will have a conversation about, at some point, if that decision is something that has to be made."
Haley said the last time she spoke to Trump - with whom she said she had a "great working relationship" - was after the election but before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Haley criticized Trump for his role in inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol, but she was back to praising him within days.
She wasn't the only one to do an about-face. Other Trump allies like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., condemned Trump in the immediate aftermath of the Capitol attack, but soon returned to defending him.
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