Mike Pompeo blasts Nikki Haley, says she quit Trump admin too soon

 February 15, 2023

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted new Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, saying she quit too soon during the Trump administration.

Pompeo shared the remarks during an interview with The Hill.

The remarks

“It was very difficult to work inside this administration," he said. "The facts suggest that [Haley] left some two years into the administration. ... There was still an enormous amount of work to do."

“I don’t understand how someone who believes that they have this incredible opportunity, in an important role, says, ‘No thanks. I don’t want to do that anymore,’” he concluded.

His book

"Pompeo also fired shots at Haley in his recent book, claiming she had 'plotted' with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to become former President Donald Trump's vice president," the Washington Examiner reported.

"Haley denounced the rumors as 'gossip,'" the report noted.

Haley announced her run for the White House on Monday, becoming the second GOP candidate to do so following former President Donald Trump.

Pompeo, Scott, Pence and DeSantis may also run in 2024

Pompeo is among other Republicans speculated to join the presidential primary. Other rumored candidates include Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis has been the only other candidate to compete well with Trump in early voting polls.

So far, Trump has been the only candidate to both announce a run and begin actively campaigning. He traveled to the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina recently.

South Carolina, where Haley served as the state's first female governor before serving as ambassador to the U.N. under Trump, boasted a team behind the former president's campaign that included Sen. Lindsey Graham and Gov. Henry McMaster.

The move will make winning her home state a major challenge as Haley seeks to build momentum for a national campaign. If successful, she would become the first female Republican nominee to win a presidential primary (Hillary Clinton became the first female Democrat to do so in 2016) and would become the first female American president if she won in the general election.

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