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Nikki Haley won’t say she’ll back Trump if he wins the nod — despite debate pledge

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has not said she would support former President Donald Trump if he wins the Republican nomination, despite a promise last year.

“I’m running against him because I don’t think he should be president,” Haley said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “I don’t think he’s the right person at the right time.

“The biggest thing I think about is who I support,” she added. All I have in mind is how to win.”

Nikki Haley is the last major Republican rival to Donald Trump. Getty Images

She asserted that, based on polls, Trump “won’t win” the general election, but “will win” the primary.

Haley, 52, has repeatedly pledged to support the eventual Republican nominee, including a pledge to participate in Republican debates. Last year, she also she publicly stated that she would I will support Trump if he secures the nomination.

But in recent weeks, she has stepped up her attacks on Trump, harshly warning Republican voters about the consequences of choosing him as their standard bearer.

Host Jonathan Karl again pressed Haley on whether she could support Trump.

So far, Donald Trump is leading and has a foothold in the polls for the 2024 Republican election. Tess Crowley/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Haley chided Kahl, saying, “You can ask if you’d support me if I’m the nominee,” and admitted she was “very” doubtful that Trump would do that.

During the interview, Haley voiced several concerns about President Trump, including concerns that he could upend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance.

“I’m worried about a lot of things about Mr. Trump being re-elected. That’s one of them,” she told Carl candidly when asked about NATO.

Earlier this month, President Trump raised eyebrows at a rally in Conway, South Carolina, when he suggested to his supporters that he would not defend NATO members who do not meet their obligations.

She criticized President Trump for these comments and warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin “feels more emboldened than ever.”

“all [Trump] What they did in that moment was empower President Putin,” Haley scolded. “He sided with a man who murdered a political opponent. He sided with thugs who arrested an American journalist and held him hostage.”

Nikki Haley has been increasingly critical of her former boss in recent weeks. Getty Images

Haley, who served as President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018, countered that the United States should “double down” and strengthen its foreign alliances.

He also criticized President Trump’s nomination of his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, to be co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

“What I’m worried about is the RNC becoming a piggy bank for Mr. Trump’s legal fees. The RNC is already on the verge of bankruptcy,” she said.

“I voted for Donald Trump twice. I was proud to serve America under his administration, but we have to right the ship of this country.” she said.

Haley’s campaign views South Carolina as crucial to its prospects for winning Republican support. Sean Rayford/SOPA Image/Shutterstock

So far, Ms. Haley has been unable to emerge victorious in the Republican race, with Ms. Trump receiving 17 delegates to her 63 delegates.

The next stop on the Republican nomination calendar is Haley’s home state of South Carolina, where she served as governor from 2011 to 2017.

Haley is trailing Trump in every poll. The contest is scheduled for February 24th.

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