Biden defends Nikki Haley from Trump jab on her deployed husband’s whereabouts

President Biden swooped to Nikki Haley’s protection in opposition to assaults from former President Donald Trump over her deployed husband’s absence from the marketing campaign path.

At a rally in Conway, South Carolina Saturday, Trump sounded off on Maj. Michael Haley, “What occurred to her husband? The place is he? He’s gone! He knew.”

“The reply is that Main Haley is overseas, serving his nation proper now. We all know he thinks our troops are ‘suckers,’ however this man wouldn’t know service to his nation if it slapped him within the face,” Biden posted on X Sunday.

Final June, Michael Haley embarked on a year-long deployment with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade to the Horn of Africa.

Trump has weathered comparable consternation about former First Girl Melania Trump’s rare public appearances on the marketing campaign path.

He explained that she had been absent from the spotlight to are likely to her ailing mom, who died final month on the age of 78. Melania emerged at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night.

Donald Trump needs Nikki Haley to drop out so he can focus his hearth on President Biden. AP
Final June, Nikki Haley’s husband Michael Haley launched into a year-long deployment. AP

Michael Haley shortly fired again at Trump, posting a meme of a wolf that mentioned, “The distinction between people and animals? Animals would by no means permit the dumbest ones to steer the pack.”

Nikki Haley served as Trump’s US ambassador to the UN from 2017 to 2018.

“Michael is deployed serving our nation, one thing you understand nothing about. Somebody who frequently disrespects the sacrifices of navy households has no enterprise being commander in chief,” she shot again on X Saturday.

The previous South Carolina governor additionally used the dust-up with Trump to resume her calls on him to sq. off along with her on the talk stage.

“Get on a debate stage and say it to my face,” she taunted.

Trump has been more and more irritated by Haley’s refusal to drop out of the 2024 Republican race for the presidency, given his sweeping victories and commanding lead within the polls.

Haley is hoping that her dwelling state of South Carolina, the place she served as governor from 2011 to 2017, can assist her acquire steam in opposition to him.

South Carolina’s Republican main is slated for Feb. 24.

Along with his feedback on Michael Haley, Trump additionally drew scrutiny for questioning the US dedication to NATO nations that don’t fulfill their obligations.

“I mentioned, ‘Everyone’s gonna pay.’ They mentioned, ‘Nicely if we don’t pay, are you continue to going to guard us?’ I mentioned, ‘Completely not.’ They couldn’t imagine the reply,” Trump mirrored on his presidency throughout the rally.

He then claimed that “one of many presidents of a giant nation” requested him if the US would shield them from Russia in the event that they “don’t pay.”

“No, I’d not shield you,” Trump recounted saying. “Actually, I’d encourage them to do regardless of the hell they need. You bought to pay. You bought to pay your payments.”

Trump had been an enormous proponent of NATO members fulfilling their obligation to spend 2% of their gross home product on nationwide protection.

In 2022, solely seven of NATO’s then-30 member nations fulfilled the two% threshold, according to its annual report launched final yr. Finland has since ascended into the alliance, bringing its membership as much as 31.

President Biden has beforehand bristled at his predecessor’s feedback towards veterans. REUTERS

The White Home lashed out at Trump for musing about letting Russia assault NATO allies.

“Encouraging invasions of our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and unhinged – and it endangers American nationwide safety, international stability, and our financial system at dwelling,” White Home Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates mentioned, per the Associated Press.

“Any suggestion that allies is not going to defend one another undermines all of our safety, together with that of the U.S., and places American and European troopers at elevated threat,” NATO Secretary-Basic Jens Stoltenberg mentioned in response to Trump’s remarks.

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