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Nikki Haley says Trump is ‘not qualified’ to be president because of his ‘lack of respect for the military’

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Monday that Donald Trump is “not qualified” to lead the country again after his recent comments about her deployed husband.

“He has shown that with this kind of disrespect for the military, he is not qualified to be president of the United States, because I don’t trust him to protect them,” Haley said.

At a rally Saturday afternoon, Trump criticized Haley and her husband when talking about meeting them at his Florida resort.

“Then she comes to see me at Mar-a-Lago. “Sir, I will never run against you. “She brought her husband,” Trump said. “Where is your husband? Oh, he’s missing. Is absent. What happened to her husband? What happened to her husband? Where is he? He left! They had. They had.”

In the past, Trump has made questionable comments about the Haleys’ marriage.

Michael Haley, a commissioned officer in the South Carolina National Guard, left for a yearlong deployment in June — a fact Haley frequently mentions at his campaign events.

Haley fired back at Trump on social media this weekendthen in remarks to reporters Monday, she compared her husband’s service with the fact that Trump “never went near a military uniform.”

“He never had to fight for survival like so many sacrifice to do,” she said. “The most harm he ever suffered was when a golf ball hit him on a golf cart.”

And Haley said Monday that she doesn’t think Trump’s comments were an accident.

“This was not a slip of the tongue on Trump’s part,” she said. “When he fires his teleprompter, he’s the one speaking from his heart and he’s a role model.” She cited examples of Trump calling the military “suckers” and “losers,” according to his former chief of staff John Kelly, as well as other derogatory comments he allegedly made during his visit to the cemetery Arlington National.

Haley, who signed a pledge to support her party’s nominee before participating in the GOP primary debates last year, did not directly answer the question of whether she would vote for Trump again in 2024, noting that she’s “always trying to beat him.”

But Haley added: “Anyone who wants to demean members of the military, anyone who says that while they’re deployed – which is pretty disgusting – does they really want that person to be the leader of everyone who might have to go and beat ? a war ?

Trump’s national press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, said in a statement: “There has been no greater defender of our brave service members than President Trump. »

She added: “Nikki Haley advocates for greater foreign intervention and supports endless wars that would leave even more American heroes dead. It’s a good thing she’ll never be commander in chief.

Haley ramped up her rhetoric against the former president ahead of South Carolina’s Feb. 24 primary, with early voting in the contest beginning Monday. His campaign launched a chicken mascot last week, calling the former president “too chicken to debate.” He also began handing out mental skills tests at campaign events. And Haley’s team set up a mobile billboard outside Trump’s event in South Carolina this weekend, showing Trump and Biden on the poster for the movie “Grumpy Old Men.”

Haley raised money following Trump’s Saturday comments over the weekend, selling pro-military T-shirts and asking her supporters to help “defeat Trump and elect a commander in chief who supports our troops and understands the sacrifices our military families make.”

Trump never served in the military. But since his first presidential campaign, he has sometimes made disparaging comments about those who did.

In 2015, he attacked then-Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and mocked his service and experience as a prisoner of war.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Also during the 2016 campaign, Trump insulted the parents of a fallen Muslim captain in the US military, after they spoke out against him at that year’s Democratic convention.

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