Trump cannot run for the presidency again, says former UN envoy Nikki Haley

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“I don’t think he will be in the picture,” said Nikki Haley. (File)

Washington:

Donald Trump cannot run for the presidency again and the Republicans wrongly supported his campaign to reverse election results for 2020, his former UN ambassador and longtime loyalist Nikki Haley said in an interview published on Friday.

Haley, a passionate supporter of the ex-president who is now on trial in the Senate for promoting the uprising, told Politico Magazine that she was “deeply concerned” about what has happened to Trump since he was defeated by Joe Biden is.

“He will not run for federal office again,” said Haley, who was Trump’s envoy to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018.

The former South Carolina governor rejected speculation that in order to avenge his defeat and second impeachment, Trump will return to seek the presidency in 2024.

“I don’t think he’ll be in the picture,” she said.

“I don’t think he can. He’s fallen that far.”

Haley also criticized the Republican Party for supporting Trump’s campaign to reverse the elections, which led to his supporters shocking attack on Congress on Jan. 6.

“We have to acknowledge that he let us down,” she told Politico.

“He walked a path that he shouldn’t have gone and we shouldn’t have followed him and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” she said.

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“And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

Haley confirmed to Politico that she was considering her own running for the presidency in 2024 and said she had not spoken to Trump since Jan. 6.

She suggested that Trump’s legions of supporters who believed his allegations of election fraud and accused the left wing attack on the Capitol needed a re-education.

“They have been lied to by everyone,” she said.

The comments came as Trump’s Senate trial for incitement to insurrection reached its fourth day. Defense lawyers prepared to refute damning evidence from the Democratic Prosecutor that the January 6 attack was the culmination of a deliberate campaign by the former president to promote violence.

With Trump still having a huge impact on their party, most Republican senators – including some who are already laying the groundwork for a run in 2024 – are expected to remain loyal to ensure he doesn’t get convicted.

But eyes are on how many will accept the evidence and vote to condemn him, and side with the Democrats to condemn his behavior.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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