Nikki Haley says if Trump runs for president in 2024 then she won't

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyTrump critics push new direction for GOP Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE said Monday that she would not mount a bid for the White House in 2024 should former President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE decide to run again. 

“I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it,” Haley told The Associated Press at a press conference. “That’s something that we’ll have a conversation about at some point if that decision is something that has to be made.”

Haley, a former South Carolina governor considered a potential contender for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination, said that she would support Trump if he makes another run for the White House.


But she also acknowledged that it had been quite some time since she spoke with the former president. Asked about the last time she talked to Trump, Haley said that it was after the 2020 presidential election but before Jan. 6, when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to disrupt the certification of the election results.

Still, she said she had a “great working relationship” with Trump during her nearly two-year tenure as his envoy to the U.N. 

“I appreciated the way he let me do my job,” she said. “I thought we did some fantastically great foreign policy things together, and look, I just want to keep building on what we accomplished and not watch it get torn down.”

There’s still undeniable tension between Trump and Haley. In an interview with Politico in the weeks after Jan. 6, Haley delivered a scathing assessment of the former president, saying that it had been a mistake for Republicans to listen to him and predicting that he would find himself “further and further isolated” in the coming months and years.

In that same interview, she offered a clear assessment of his political future: “He’s not going to run for federal office again.”


But nearly three months removed from the end of his first and only term in the White House, Trump has continued to privately toy with the notion of a 2024 comeback campaign, a reality that has frozen other potential GOP presidential candidates in their tracks as they wait to see what he decides.

Haley isn’t the only Trump administration alum eyeing a potential White House bid in 2024. Former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans US Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' MORE has been making speaking rounds in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote in presidential primaries.

Other potential GOP candidates include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisJournalism dies in newsroom cultures where 'fairness is overrated' Five takeaways from new CDC guidance on going maskless Disney examines mask policy, theme park capacity after updated CDC guidelines MORE, South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemGovernment indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong Montana governor approves restrictions on transgender athletes in schools The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE, and Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe imminent crises facing Joe Biden Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs daylight savings bill Study: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B MORE (Fla.), Rick Scott (Fla.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Opposition to refugees echoes one of America's most shameful moments White House defends CDC outreach to teachers union MORE (Ark.). 

Haley’s remarks on Monday offered perhaps the clearest indication yet of what Trump’s possible entrance into the Republican presidential contest could mean for would-be rivals’ own political prospects. He remains the most influential figure in the modern GOP, and competing with him in a primary contest is seen by many Republicans as a risky undertaking.