(PresidentialInsider.com)- Nikki Haley has been at odds with former President Donald Trump since she made it known that she disagrees with his views about the 2020 presidential election.
That being said, the former governor of South Carolina — who also served as the U.N. ambassador under Trump — said she wouldn’t run for president in 2024 without consulting with Trump first.
Speaking at an even in California on Tuesday night, Haley called Trump a friend, according to the Wall Street Journal. She then said she’d likely “navigate around” Trump’s role within the GOP going forward.
She said of Trump:
“He has a strong legacy from his administration. 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.”
Those are much different words than Haley had after the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol building. After that happened, Haley said criticized both Trump supporters and the former president himself for blaming the loss in the presidential election on fraud.
At the time, she said:
“His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history. It’s deeply disappointing.”
According to the WSJ, though, she seemed “slightly less absolute” about those comments this week. While she admitted there was fraud in the 2020 election, she said she didn’t think it was enough that it could’ve changed the outcome in Trump’s favor.
Haley has long been discussed as an up-and-coming player in the Republican Party. Ever since Trump left the White House, she has been named as a possible candidate for as early as 2024.
In April, she did say she wouldn’t even run for the Republican nomination, though, if Trump ended up running.
On Tuesday, she told the WSJ:
“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. I would talk to him and see what his plans are. I would tell him about my plans. We would work on it together.”
Whether Trump would even entertain that conversation — regardless of his plans to run for president himself — is a major question. He had some sly comments about Haley to Vanity Fair in September when he said:
“Well, every time she criticizes me, she uncriticizes me about 15 minutes later. I guess she gets the base.”
At the event on Tuesday, Haley planned to tell the crowd in attendance that the United States was suffering the consequences President Joe Biden’s administration moving away from the traditions and core values it has always held.
“A large portion of our people are plagued by self-doubt or even by hatred of America. It’s a pandemic much more damaging than any virus. Every day, more people think living in the land of the free is a curse, not a blessing.”