Haley slams Trump over Senate race losses

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Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley on Friday blamed former President Trump for recent Republican losses in key races, including a Senate seat, but said the Senate’s new Republican leadership is more likely to be in tune with Trump than to please him. He expressed hope that the focus will be on improving the situation.

“We’re seeing a wave of what Congress thinks needs to be done to win,” Haley told reporters at a news conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood.

Haley was likely referring to Trump’s dominance in the House and Senate relative to support and influence.

But Haley suggested that lawmakers pandering to the former president are misguided because Republicans have lost key matchups since he took office.

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Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and former President Trump (Getty Images)

“All of these losses happened after Donald Trump took office in 2016,” she said, noting gubernatorial, federal and statewide losses in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia.

Haley claimed that the only reason Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin was elected in 2021 was because he “distanced himself” from Trump.

Youngkin’s political team declined to comment to Fox News Digital.

“That’s not an accurate statement,” said Zach Roday, a former Youngkin advisor and partner at Ascent Media.

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“Glenn Youngkin won because he built a coalition with a movement of Republicans, independents, and even Democrats who wanted a new direction for Virginia.”

Haley claimed that despite the loss, members of the House and Senate are now “laying their hearts out to show that they are more President Trump than anyone else.”

Haley weighed in on what the next Senate Republican leader should have on the agenda after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suddenly announced Wednesday that he would resign. She didn’t suggest a specific senator for her role, but she said she wants a leader who focuses on the people and “doesn’t reward people by peacocking them on TV.” explained.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) as they exit the Senate chamber of Congress on January 23, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“I want to meet people who inspire me. I want to meet people who say, ‘Look, we can do things differently,'” Haley said. “I hope so. But we’ll have to wait and see.”

Trump campaign spokeswoman Caroline Levitt told Fox News Digital that the campaign’s focus is now on Biden and the general election.

“Republican voters gave President Trump big wins in every primary, and this campaign is over,” she said.

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Republican presidential candidate and former President Trump gesture to supporters during an election night watch party at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia, South Carolina, on February 24, 2024. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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So far, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is the only member of the Republican conference to announce his candidacy for a leadership position. However, several other senators are rumored to be considering their own candidacy for the coveted position. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. John Thune, RS.D. Rick Scott, Republican of Florida. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has also been mentioned as a possible successor to McConnell.