Nikki Haley hammers Trump on fondness for dictators as South Carolina major nears | EUROtoday

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Nikki Haley is absolutely on the offensive as she stares down the shortly approaching South Carolina major, now lower than one week away.

The former UN ambassador was on the Sunday present circuit this weekend as her marketing campaign continues occasions by her house state and maintains that she’s going to keep within the race by March — it doesn’t matter what occurs this coming Saturday.

On ABC’s This WeekMs Haley attacked her opponent as soon as once more for his feedback about Nato. The former president made an off-colour comment at a rally within the state on 10 February whereby he appeared to ask Russia to assault any Nato member-state deemed to be making inadequate contributions to its personal nationwide defence.

“[W]hen you hear Donald Trump say in South Carolina a week ago that he would encourage Putin to invade our allies if they weren’t pulling their weight, that’s bone chilling because all he did in that one moment was empower Putin,” mentioned Ms Haley. “And all he did in that moment was he sided with a guy that kills his political opponents, he sided with a thug that arrests American journalists and holds them hostage.”

Those feedback, she argued, have been a part of the favouritism Mr Trump has proven Vladimir Putin and the Russian authorities all through his political profession. After Russian brokers have been discovered to have labored towards his political opponent Hillary Clinton through the 2016 US presidential election, Mr Trump would go on to declare at a joint press convention with Mr Putin that he accepted Russia’s rationalization of its supposed innocence — regardless of the conclusions of the US intelligence group.

Ms Haley contended within the interview that the pro-Russia sentiment her opponent displays was enjoying into his lack of acknowledgement of the loss of life on Friday of Alexei Navalny, Mr Putin’s main opposition determine, in a Russian jail.

“It’s actually pretty amazing that he … would encourage Putin to invade Nato, but the fact that he won’t acknowledge anything with Navalny; either he sides with Putin and thinks it’s cool that Putin killed one of his political opponents or he just doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal,” mentioned Ms Haley.

“Either one of those is concerning. Either one of those is a problem.”

She had additionally, a day prior, demanded that Mr Trump “answer” for Mr Navalny’s loss of life at a press convention at a marketing campaign occasion the place she requested the rhetorical query: “Why does he always side with dictators?”

“Trump needs to answer to that. Does he think Putin killed him? Does he think Putin was right to kill him? And does he think Navalny was a hero?” she requested.

Technically, Mr Trump did acknowledge the loss of life of Mr Navalny on Sunday; however in a manner solely he may. A “re-Truthed” publish on the previous president’s Truth Social feed Sunday morning highlighted a memo declaring that Mr Navalny’s previous therapy and eventual loss of life in Russian captivity highlighted the injustice of Mr Trump’s personal scenario.

In regular instances, it will be fairly damning criticism for a former president to take, particularly coming from their very own former ambassador to the United Nations. But Donald Trump has up till now largely remained impervious to any criticism lobbed his manner by rivals for the Republican nomination. Heading into the ultimate week of campaigning in South Carolina, Mr Trump is main Ms Haley by wherever from 20-40 factors in response to polling, and has proven no indicators of dropping his dominant share of the Republican citizens to date.

Still, Ms Haley has vowed to remain within the race by Super Tuesday, a group of major contests held on 5 March. This previous week, her marketing campaign travelled to Texas the place it introduced a $1m fundraising haul after a two-rally swing by the state.