Haley criticizes Trump for ridiculing the efforts of the individuals striving to safeguard America.

Nikki Haley, a potential Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election, criticized former President Donald Trump on Sunday for his recent comments about her husband, who is currently deployed overseas. In an interview on “Face the Nation,” Haley called Trump’s actions a pattern of “chaos” and “irresponsibility.”

Haley’s husband is a commissioned officer with the South Carolina National Guard and is currently serving with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in the Horn of Africa. At a rally on Saturday, Trump questioned his whereabouts, saying that he’s “gone.” In response, Haley held her own rally on Saturday, stating that she is “doing this for my husband and his military brothers and sisters.” On Sunday, she clarified that her criticism of Trump is not personal, but rather about the disrespect shown towards military members and their families.

Haley also expressed her support for NATO, stating that the alliance “allows us to prevent war.” This comes after Trump received backlash for suggesting that he wouldn’t protect member countries from Russia if they don’t spend enough on defense. Haley also criticized Trump’s friendly relationship with the Kremlin, stating that “the last thing we ever want to do is side with Russia.”

As a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, Haley emphasized the need for mental competency tests for presidential candidates. She argued that at the ages of Trump and President Biden, there may be a decline in mental sharpness, which could affect their decision-making abilities. “We need to know they’re at the top of their game,” Haley said.

Haley has positioned herself as a “new generational leader” and has suggested that she could serve two terms without any chaos or distractions. However, her path to the nomination has become increasingly narrow as Trump continues to dominate in the early-state primaries. She faces a major test next week in her home state of South Carolina, where she served as governor from 2011 to 2017.  

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