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Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called President Trump “very disappointing” since his November election loss — and said he’ll be “judged harshly by history.”
But Haley, speaking at a Republican National Committee dinner in Florida Thursday, softened her remarks by adding that the outgoing commander-in-chief also made some “truly extraordinary gains” while in the White House.
“President Trump has not always chosen the right words,” Haley said, according to Fox News.
“He was wrong with his words in Charlottesville, and I told him so at the time,” she said. “He was badly wrong with his words yesterday,” when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
“And it wasn’t just his words,” Haley said. “His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.”
Haley, a former South Carolina governor, was appointed UN ambassador in 2017, and remained in the post until two years ago.
Since leaving office, she has urged President-elect Joe Biden to follow Trump’s lead in maintaining a harsh stance against China and praises most of Trump’s achievements.
“It’s deeply disappointing,” she told the RNC dinner, held on an island off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. “And it’s a real shame, because I am one who believes our country made some truly extraordinary gains in the last four years.”
“We should not shy away from our accomplishments,” she added.
Haley spoke one day after Trump supporters who attended the president’s rally near White House marched on the Capitol building and stormed it.
The unrest led to four fatalities, including a woman shot dead by DC police, and left one police officer clinging to life after he was attacked with a fire extinguisher.
Trump did not condemn the breaching of the Capitol until posting a pre-recorded video message on Twitter on Thursday.
For her part, Haley said the attack on the Capitol was “un-American,” and said it should be denounced “in the strongest terms.”
“If we are the party of personal responsibility, we need to take personal responsibility,” she told the RNC audience. “We can and should talk about our major differences.”
“But we must stop turning the American people against each other,” she said. “And this Republican Party must lead the way.”
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