Trump on Nikki Haley: 'Every time she criticizes me, she uncriticizes me about 15 minutes later'

In a newly published interview with Vanity Fair, former President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE takes a jab at his former United Nations ambassador, Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe US rejoins UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump exit Smarkets betting site makes Trump favorite in 2024 MORE, a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender who said she was furious with her ex-boss for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

“Well, every time she criticizes me, she uncriticizes me about 15 minutes later,” Trump said to Vanity Fair. “I guess she gets the base."

During an interview with Politico earlier this year, Haley expressed her frustration over Trump’s actions around the Jan. 6 attack.


“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” Haley told the news outlet when asked if she had spoken with Trump since the insurrection, adding that she was "disgusted" by the ex-president's treatment of former Vice President Pence.

“Mike has been nothing but loyal to that man. He’s been nothing but a good friend of that man," she said. "I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Biden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll MORE, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”

Trump kept up his criticism of Pence, another possible 2024 primary challenger, in the latest Vanity Fair interview. He said his former vice president may not fare well among voters because of his role in certifying the 2020 presidential election results.

“Mike hurt himself very badly when he didn’t send the numbers back to the legislatures,” Trump told Vanity Fair.

The Hill has reached out to spokespeople for both Pence and Haley.

Trump himself has not officially stated whether he will vie for another presidential run, which could keep GOP presidential hopefuls in limbo as they seek to avoid entering his crosshairs. 

But more than three years out from the next presidential election, the ex-president is far ahead in the polls of potential GOP candidates for the White House.

A July Hill-HarrisX poll found that 56 percent of registered Republican voters said they'd consider casting their ballots for Trump in the next GOP primary, compared to 28 percent for Pence and 15 percent for Haley.