At a rally in Conway, South Carolina, former President Donald Trump made remarks about Nikki Haley’s husband’s absence, overlooking the fact that he is actively serving in the military overseas. Trump’s comments came during a narrative about a past encounter with Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina, at his Mar-a-Lago estate, where he claimed she assured him she would not run against him.
Maj. Michael Haley, Nikki Haley’s husband, is currently on a year-long deployment with the South Carolina National Guard’s 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in the Horn of Africa, having been deployed since June.
Nikki Haley responded to Trump’s comments at a campaign event in Gilbert, South Carolina, expressing pride in her husband’s service and criticizing Trump for disrespecting military service. She challenged Trump to address his comments directly on a debate stage and defended her husband’s commitment and sacrifice on social media, stating that mocking the service of military families disqualifies one from presidential eligibility.
Michael Haley subtly responded to Trump’s remarks with a tweet that implied criticism of leadership intelligence. Trump, during the same rally, also shared his controversial stance on NATO, suggesting he would not defend delinquent member states against Russian aggression, further highlighting his unconventional approach to foreign policy and defense commitments.
As the South Carolina primary approaches on February 24, with Trump leading as the GOP frontrunner, the political rivalry between him and Nikki Haley intensifies, showcasing differing perspectives on military service, alliance commitments, and leadership qualities.