Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised President Donald Trump on Friday and further commended his record on foreign policy as one that “every American should be proud of.”
“If you look around the world, President Trump has a record every American should be proud of,” Haley told Fox News. “In the Middle East, the ISIS caliphate has been destroyed, and we’ve stopped handing billions in cash to Iran that it used to fund terrorism. The North Korean regime is no longer testing long-range missiles. America is once again treating the Cuban dictatorship like the pariah it is, and [socialist dictator Nicolas] Maduro’s days are numbered in Venezuela.”
“America is strong again, and it is because of President Trump’s decisions,” she added.
Haley’s remarks come only a day before the Trump Victory Committee’s Fall Retreat is scheduled to kick off in New York City. The event is hosted by the Trump campaign, in partnership with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Haley will be attending as a special guest alongside Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Donald Trump Jr., and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle.
“I’m happy to partner with the RNC supporting President Trump’s re-election,” Haley said. “And I look forward to doing more for his campaign in the next year.”
The former governor of South Carolina is largely seen as a leading conservative woman in the Republican Party. After Haley resigned from her United Nations ambassadorship somewhat unexpectedly, speculation began swirling that she might be considering her own challenge to Trump in 2020 for the presidency. Haley, however, swiftly denied any potential for the a presidential run.
“For all of you that are going to ask about 2020 — no, I am not running for 2020,” Haley said at the time. “I can promise you what I will be doing is campaigning for this one. So, I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”
Only months after leaving the Trump administration at the end of 2018, Haley launched Stand For America, an advocacy group that promotes “public policies that strengthen America’s economy, culture, and national security.” The move prompted speculation further that she might be positioning herself to replace Vice President Mike Pence as Trump’s running mate on the next ticket.
“Enough of the false rumors. Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years,” Haley tweeted in August. “He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support.”
Enough of the false rumors. Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support. ❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/waPyQjC8Eb
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) August 21, 2019
While Haley has at times been critical of the president, she has also become a close ally of his over time. The relationship between the duo has evolved since she initially endorsed Trump’s primary challenger Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) during the 2016 election cycle, and later announced she was would be voting for Trump during the general election despite saying she was still “not a fan.”
The response drew the ire of Trump, who stated at the time that “the people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!”
Haley notably replied, “Bless your heart.”