Former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE this week declined to meet with Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyHarris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race Allies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid Trump schedules rallies in Iowa, Georgia MORE, his former ambassador to the United Nations and a prospective 2024 presidential candidate, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Politico first reported that Haley reached out to Trump on Wednesday to request a face-to-face meeting at his Mar-a-Lago resort. But Trump turned her down after Haley has spent recent weeks criticizing the former president for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
A spokesperson for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump has met with other GOP officials at Mar-a-Lago since leaving office, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyOvernight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Top Democrats tout California recall with an eye toward 2022 Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race MORE (R-Calif.) and more recently House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOSHA faces big challenge with Biden vaccine mandate Overnight Health Care — Nicki Minaj stokes uproar over vaccines Republicans ask FDA for details on any White House pressure on boosters MORE (R-La.).
Haley left the Trump administration in 2018 and remained loyal to the then-president, backing his reelection bid as GOP insiders predicted she would be a likely candidate in the 2024 primary.
White House officials on multiple occasions had to bat down speculation that Trump might replace then-Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceEthics group files complaint against former Pence chief of staff Marc Short Pence aiming to raise M ahead of possible 2024 run: report Congress could stop Milley's nuclear weapons quandary from happening again MORE with Haley on the 2020 ticket.
Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 to halt the certification of electoral votes, leaving a police officer dead and dozens injured in the mayhem. Since the riot, Haley has attempted to simultaneously condemn Trump's role without entirely detaching herself from the former president and his political base.
Haley said at the time that she felt Trump "lost any sort of political viability he was going to have" and questioned whether he would be a player in the future of the GOP.
She has since sought to smooth things out with Trump publicly, criticizing the impeachment proceedings against him earlier this month and penning a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday that blamed the media for divisions among Republicans.
"People feel strongly about Mr. Trump, but we can acknowledge reality," she wrote. “People on the right can find fault with Trump actions, including on Jan. 6. Right or left, when people make these distinctions, they’re not trying to have it both ways. They’re using their brains."