Nikki Haley is not invited to the RNC despite calls for support for Trump

Nikki Haley will not attend the 2024 Republican National Convention.

According to Politico, the former Republican presidential candidate was not invited to attend the monumental GOP event, which begins on Monday, July 15.

Haley’s spokesman Chaney Denton told the newspaper she was “not invited and that’s fine with her.” The spokesman said the likely Republican nominee, Donald Trump, “deserves the convention he wants.”

“She made it clear that she will vote for him and wishes him the best,” Denton added.

“Nikki Haley.”

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The convention will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 15-18 and is expected to welcome “thousands of delegates and alternates” who will officially vote on the Republican presidential candidate for 2024, according to the event’s website.

In the run-up to the nomination ceremony, Haley called on the 97 delegates she won in the presidential primaries to support Trump in the election.

“The nominating convention is a time for Republican unity,” she wrote in a July 9 post. “Joe Biden is not fit to serve a second term, and Kamala Harris would be a disaster for America.”

“I encourage my delegates to support Donald Trump next week in Milwaukee,” Haley continued.

Donald Trump.

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The former South Carolina governor announced her candidacy in February 2023, promising to prioritize fiscal responsibility, border security and foreign relations. She had hinted at a possible candidacy for months, saying at a 2022 fundraiser in Iowa that she would run “if there’s a place for me.”

Haley suspended her campaign in March 2024 and sent her best wishes to Trump, saying she was “filled with gratitude” for the support she has received since launching her campaign.

The former UN ambassador, who called Trump a “peeping Tom” during the election campaign, said in her speech after her exit: “In all likelihood, Donald Trump will be our party’s candidate,” adding: “I wish him all the best.”

Without supporting him, she went on to say that it was his responsibility to “win the votes of those in the party who did not support him.”

In May, in her first public speech since dropping out of the race, Haley announced that she would vote for Trump in the presidential election. She stressed that Trump has not been “perfect” on policy issues and advised his campaign team to “reach out to the millions of people who voted for me and continue to support me, and not assume that they will just stick with him.”

With the Republican National Convention approaching, many are wondering who Trump will nominate as his vice presidential running mate – because he must do so before becoming the party’s nominee.

Both Trump and Haley have ruled out the possibility of joining forces. In January, Trump told New Hampshire voters, “She’s not a candidate for president. If I say that now, it probably means she’s not going to be elected vice president.”

Around the same time, Haley declared, “I don’t want to be anyone’s vice president. That’s off the table.” Her absence from the convention, where Trump’s running mate will attend the ceremonies, all but confirms that she is out of the race.

Marco Rubio, Doug Burgum and JD Vance are reportedly among the top names on Trump’s shortlist for vice president.

Source: Politico