US Republican politician and diplomat Nikki Haley in a photo taken on September 15, 2017.
Washington – Former President of the United States Donald Trump has the first confirmed opponent in the primary of the Republican Party before the presidential election scheduled for next year. Nikki Haley, who was part of the Trump administration as US ambassador to the UN in 2017 and 2018, announced her intention to run. In a clip announcing her entry into the campaign, she presented a patriotic message and criticized the “establishment”.
Before working in the Trump administration, Haley was the first governor of the state of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, where today the 51-year-old politician and diplomat was born to two Indian immigrants. If she wins the Republican nomination, she would be the first woman and the first non-white candidate the party has fielded in the presidential election.
In announcing her entry into the primary, Haley called the US the freest and most wonderful country in the world. “Even on our worst day, it's a blessing to live in America,” she said. In the approximately three-minute video, in addition to love for the country, she emphasized budgetary responsibility, securing borders and acting confidently on the international stage.
She did not mention her future opponent Trump in the clip, but pointed out the fact that in seven of the last eight presidential elections, Republican candidates received fewer votes than Democrats. “That has to change… The Washington establishment has failed again and again and again. It's time for a new generation of leaders,” she continued.
The only Republican who has previously confirmed his intention to run is the 76-year-old ex-president. According to the American media, the governor of the state of Florida, Ron DeSantis, is also preparing to run, and the vice president from the Trump era, Mike Pence, is also considered a potential candidate. but she has earned a reputation in political circles as a candidate who is capable of winning despite low expectations, Reuters recently wrote. According to the news website Axios, he will now have a chance to start building support in key states and raise money from donors who are not in favor of Trump.