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Nikki Haley dismisses Trump ahead of Republican convention

WashingtonNikki Haley released the several dozen delegates she had won in the primaries and encouraged her to run in the Republican National Convention next week.

“The nominating convention is a time for Republican unity,” Haley, who served as Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement Tuesday. “Joe Biden is not fit to serve a second term, and Kamala Harris would be a disaster for America. We need a president who will hold our enemies accountable, secure our borders, pay down our debt, and get our economy back on track. I encourage my delegates to support Donald Trump next week in Milwaukee.”

According to her campaign, Haley won 97 delegates in the primary process.

Your release of delegates will not have a major impact at the convention, as Trump already has the 1,215 delegates he needs to become the presumptive Republican nominee. State party rules also affect how delegates can vote during the convention.

Haley’s spokesman Chaney Denton said Haley will not attend the convention, which is being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“She wasn’t invited and that’s fine with her,” Denton said. “Trump deserves the convention he wants. She’s made it clear that she will vote for him and wishes him the best.”

News of Haley releasing the delegates was first reported by Politico.

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, suspended her election campaign in March, but declined to endorse Trump, saying he needed to “earn the votes of those in our party and beyond who do not support him.”

In May, Haley said she would vote for Trumpdespite their harsh criticism of him.

“I will vote for Trump,” Haley said. “Other than that, I stand by what I said in my suspension speech.”