Trump’s former UN ambassador Nikki Haley is gearing up for a likely 2024 presidential bid

Trump’s former UN ambassador Nikki Haley is gearing up for a likely 2024 presidential bid
Trump’s former UN ambassador Nikki Haley is gearing up for a likely 2024 presidential bid

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House October 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations under former President Donald Trump, has hired key staff and is soliciting potential donors as she explores a presidential race against her former boss in 2024, according to people briefed on her plans.

Haley is in the process of putting together a national finance committee and a communications team ahead of a possible campaign, these people explained. Some of the new recruits have been asked to report to the nonprofit work of Haley Stand for America Inc. and its political action committee Stand for America PAC in Charleston, SC, by Feb. 1, these people added. . Everyone who spoke with CNBC asked not to be named because Haley’s plans are not public and could still change.

Political consultant Mary Kate Johnson, meanwhile, has contacted major political donors on Haley’s behalf in recent days to gauge their interest in joining the finance committee, two of those people added.

Johnson has worked closely with Haley in recent years, raising funds through her consulting firm MKJ Inc. for Haley’s nonprofit as well as her political action committee, tax records , his statements to the Federal Election Commission and his local business records.

Haley hasn’t officially announced a presidential bid but has strongly hinted at the possibility, recently telling Fox News she was “leaning” toward a possible White House bid in 2024 and that Republicans needed a candidate who could win a general election against President . A spokesperson for Haley did not return requests for comment.

U.S. President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama attend a campaign for U.S. Democratic Senatorial candidate John Fetterman and Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 5, 2022.

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Some business leaders have suggested backing Haley if she runs for president.

Veteran hedge fund manager Paul Singer donated to both Haley’s nonprofit and his PAC, according to Federal Election Commission filings and a nonprofit filing obtained by Politics. Singer donated $270,000 to the nonprofit in 2019 and $5,000 to PAC two years later, records show. Billionaire conservative donor Miriam Adelson, wife of the late Las Vegas Sands Corp founder. .

Paul Singer

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The singer privately told friends during Trump’s last year in office that Haley could be a strong candidate for president, according to a person who heard his remarks.

More recently, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman predicted on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that Haley would be the Republican candidate for president, according to Semafor.

Representatives for Gorman and Singer did not return requests for comment.

Haley recently hired political consultant Nachama Soloveichik to help lead her communications team should the former South Carolina governor get in the running, one of the people said. Soloveichik’s LinkedIn says she has experience working for retired Republican Senator Pat Toomey’s campaign as well as the Club for Growth, a conservative outside group.

Soloveichik is also listed as a partner in political consulting firm ColdSpark, which received $405,000 during the 2022 election cycle from Haley’s PAC, according to data from nonpartisan organization OpenSecrets.

Haley also tapped Betsy Ankney, former political director of the Republican National Senate Committee, to lead the PAC, according to Axios. Haley’s longtime adviser Jon Lerner will likely have leadership roles in a Haley presidential campaign, two of the people said.

Both Soloveichik and Ankney’s Twitter pages say they are part of “Team Nikki Haley.”

Johnson, Ankney, Lerner and Soloveichik did not return requests for comment.

Haley has publicly hinted in two recent interviews with Fox News that she may be open to running for president. “I think I can be that leader,” Haley said in one, while declining to explicitly announce a White House run. She highlighted her experience as Trump’s US ambassador to the UN and previously as governor of South Carolina.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses the largely virtual 2020 Republican National Convention in a live address from the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, U.S. August 24, 2020 .

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Trump, who lost his re-election bid to Biden in 2020, is the only candidate to enter the 2024 presidential race so far.

Haley’s apparent mobilization for a White House bid comes as little surprise to anyone who followed the former governor during or after her tenure in the Trump administration. She must have asked about a possible 2020 presidential bid sitting next to Trump in the Oval Office when he announced his departure from the UN in 2018.

But his recent moves and not-so-subtle hints about a run reflect more urgency at this early stage in the presidential cycle than many of his potential competitors.

A slew of other Republicans – including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, but also former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Secretary of State State Mike Pompeo – are widely assumed to pull together their own 2024 campaigns.

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks to a crowd of supporters at the University Club of Chicago on June 20, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.

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But so far, none have been as explicit as Haley. If she is next to announce her candidacy for president, she will be only the second candidate to have officially jumped into the 2024 race – after Trump.

At least for a while, that would pit Haley directly against Trump, a sticky spot that many Republicans have been careful to avoid.

While his stature in the GOP may be diminished after his loss to Biden on January 6, 2021, the Capitol riot, and the underperformance of many of his hand-picked candidates midterm in November, a slew of polls show that Trump remains a dominant force in the Republican Party.

Haley, like other Republican figures who first swore at Trump after his election-denial claims prompted hundreds of his supporters to storm the Capitol, later returned to a supportive position. She even said in 2021 that she would not run for president in 2024 if Trump was on the ballot.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump announces he will run again for U.S. President in the 2024 U.S. presidential election during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on November 15, 2022.

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Asked Friday about possibly backtracking on that stance, Haley said “a lot has changed,” pointing to the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and other issues, such as inflation and “the drug that infests all our States”.

The 51-year-old politician also argued for the arrival of a younger generation of leaders: “When you look at the future of America, I think it’s time for a new generational change. I don’t think you need to be 80 to go be a leader in DC”

Still, some recent public polls show Trump far ahead of potential opponents, including Haley.

A Morning Consult poll released last week, for example, shows Trump supported by 48% of Republican primary voters, while just 2% of respondents said they would choose Haley.

Another survey released Friday by the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll once again showed Trump winning the support of 48% of Republican voters in a hypothetical primary fight. Haley garnered just 3% support in that poll, which showed her below Pence and tied with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Haley doesn’t seem discouraged by early polls. She posted the two Fox clips of her discussing a possible presidential run on her Twitter page, with a tweet saying “It’s time for a new generation. It is time for new leadership. And it’s time to take our country back. America is worth the fight—and we’re just getting started.”

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