Nikki Haley, Trump’s former UN ambassador, has indicated she is willing to challenge her former boss for the Republican nomination, despite previously ruling it out.
Ms. Haley, 50, is also a former governor of South Carolina. She was a respected member of Trump’s cabinet, known for defending his America First policies on the global stage.
She has been a prominent campaigner for Republican candidates and her non-profit organization Stand for America raised more than $8.5 million (£6.9 million) last year.
Her complicated relationship could spell trouble if she runs for president. Ms. Haley criticized Mr. Trump after Jan. 6, 2021, suggesting the party “shouldn’t have followed him”.
But she quickly backtracked, insisting “We need Trump in the Republican Party” and ruled out running “if President Trump runs.”
She’s flip-flopped again, as she told an audience at a recent event, “A lot of people have been asking if I want to run for president. Now that the midterms are over, I will look into it seriously and have more to say soon.”
She added: “For now I say this. I’ve won tough primaries and tough general elections. I’ve been the underdog every time. It’s always nice when people underestimate me. But I’ve never lost an election. And I’m not going to start now.”