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Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley on Face the Nation: You Can't Buddy Up with Dictators Who Want to Kill Us

January 21, 2024

DERRY, N.H. – In an interview with CBS News' Face the Nation in Derry, N.H. today, Nikki Haley made it clear that the stakes are too high to risk America's national security by electing another octogenarian — especially one who cozies up to dictators.

Watch Haley on Face the Nation below.

Haley on Donald Trump's mental fitness…

"If you look recently, there have been multiple things. I mean, [Donald Trump] claimed that Joe Biden was going to get us into World War II. I'm assuming he meant World War III. He said that he ran against President Obama. He never ran against President Obama. He says that I'm the one that kept security from the Capitol on January 6th. I was nowhere near the Capitol on January 6th.

But Margaret, don't be surprised if you have someone that's 80 in office — their mental stability is going to continue to decline. That's just human nature. We know that.

First of all, you're talking about somebody who's only going to be in office for four years. I don't know if he was confused, I don't know what happened, but it should be enough to send us a warning sign. Look at Joe Biden, he's very different than he was two years ago. Are we really going to go into a situation where we have wars around the world and we're trying to prevent war and we're going to have someone who we can or can't be sure that they're going to get confused? It's a real issue. That's not being disrespectful. It's just a fact."

Haley on Trump's praise for dictators…

"I worked with Cindy and Fred Warmbier. They're amazing people and I will tell you as a parent, no parent wants to see their child return to them the way they saw Otto returned. I mean, this was a happy, smart kid. He went to North Korea and I mean the thugs in North Korea tortured him and returned him back in a state that is unconscionable.

I told Fred and Cindy, speak up, get loud, I will help you. Let's partner — we're going to call North Korea out. I passed the largest set of sanctions against them in a generation by pushing China and Russia to do it.

But what did Trump do? Instead, he talked about love letters going back and forth to Kim Jong Un. Cindy would contact me…she was so upset. And he went and said, 'oh, but Kim said that he wasn't aware of any torture that happened to Otto.' All you had to do was look at Otto when he was returned back to his parents.

But this goes back to a pattern. I mean, we saw this over and over again…He congratulated China's President Xi a dozen times after China gave us COVID. He congratulated the Chinese Communist Party on their 70th anniversary. We don't congratulate the Communist Chinese Party. I remember at the United Nations, I had to sit him down and tell him to stop this bromance with Putin. I mean, you can't have someone who's trying to buddy up with dictators that want to kill us. Instead, you have to let them know what we expect of them."

Haley on draining the swamp…

"I call out elected officials because I think they need to be accountable to the people. I call out Republicans and Democrats when they don't do the right thing. So it's not surprising that that set is going towards Trump because he's going to take care of them. I'm not going to do that. I'm going to take care of the taxpayers. I've always done that my entire career and I'll keep on doing it."

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley on Face the Nation: You Can't Buddy Up with Dictators Who Want to Kill Us Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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