In a recent speech at the Portsmouth Rotary Club Meeting, former South Carolina governor and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley had both words of praise and criticism for her former boss, former President Donald Trump. Haley, a candidate in the GOP presidential pool, commended Trump for his presidency’s strong aspects but didn’t shy away from addressing what she perceives as weaknesses.
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Haley began her speech by acknowledging Trump’s positive contributions during his presidency, stating, “He was the right president at the right time. He broke things that needed to be broken. He listened and brought in a group of people who felt unheard. He was strong on foreign policy and getting America respected in the world.”
However, she switched to her critique of the former President, saying, “He was thin-skinned and easily distracted. He didn’t do anything on fiscal policy and really spent a lot of money, and we are all paying the price for it. He did a better job than Biden on the border. He used to be good on foreign policy and now he has started to walk it back and get weak in the knees when it comes to Ukraine.”
In response to Haley’s remarks, the Trump Campaign fired back with a statement to The Daily Wire. “It’s silly that anyone who is polling as low as left-leaning corporate media should be lecturing anyone about leadership,” the team stated.
Trump Campaign Spokesman Steven Cheung emphasized President Trump’s role in ending conflicts, saying, “There’s only one person who can end the killing and bring peace — President Trump. America isn’t going to listen to anyone who wants more war, more bloodshed, and more innocent people being killed.”
The issue of support for Ukraine has become a point of contention within the Republican party, as a Fox News poll conducted in August revealed that 56% of Republicans believe the U.S. should reduce its support for Ukraine.
The issue transcends partisan lines, as a CNN poll from August found that 55% of Americans, not limited to any party, oppose authorizing additional funding to support Ukraine.