The 46-year-old former governor claims she is not running, which is sometimes a sign of the opposite
Donald Trump simply did not get it when it came America’s history of immigration and the importance to the country of immigrants, said the speaker.
“Republicans need to remember that the fabric of America came from these legal immigrants. If you want to talk about tackling illegal immigration, then let’s talk about it, but we don’t need to attack so many millions of people who came here.”
Zeroing in of the one-time host of The Apprentice, the speaker concluded: “Don’t say you’re just going to build a wall, because a wall’s not going to do it.”
And the person delivering this sharp rebuke to Trump at the National Press Club in Washington DC in September 2015 – Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Bernie Sanders, Mitt Romney?
No, it was the smart, quick-thinking and youthful daughter of immigrants from India, who had real, practical experience as a governor, and who might be just be the sort of person Republicans could turn to if they were seeking someone who could broaden their appeal beyond angry white men and social conservatives. Her name was Nikki Haley.
Haley, 46, who has announced she is standing down as the US’s UN Ambassador at the end of the year – apparently after clashing with national security advisor John Bolton – stressed she had no plans to run for the White House in 2020. She would be instead campaigning for Trump, she insisted.
“I will say this, for all of you that are going to ask about 2020, no, I am not running for 2020,” Haley said. “I can promise you what I’ll be doing is campaigning for this [president].”