Former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFederal prosecutors investigated Proud Boys ties to Roger Stone in 2019 case: CNN Overnight Defense: One-third of service members decline coronavirus vaccine | Biden to take executive action in response to Solar Winds hack | US, Japan reach cost sharing agreement Trump ‘won’t say yet’ if he’s running in 2024 MORE this week declined to meet with Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyRepublican Party going off the rails? GOP consultant calls Haley the party’s 2024 front-runner Republican support for Trump to play role in party up 18 points from early January MORE, his former ambassador to the United Nations and a prospective 2024 presidential candidate, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Politico first reported that Haley reached out to Trump on Wednesday to request a face-to-face meeting at his Mar-a-Lago resort. But Trump turned her down after Haley has spent recent weeks criticizing the former president for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
A spokesperson for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump has met with other GOP officials at Mar-a-Lago since leaving office, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Five things to know about Texas’s strained electric grid | Biden honeymoon with green groups faces tests | Electric vehicles are poised to aid Biden in climate fight GOP lawmakers mourn death of Rush Limbaugh Rick Perry: ‘Texans would be without electricity for longer’ to ‘keep the federal government out’ MORE (R-Calif.) and more recently House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP lawmakers mourn death of Rush Limbaugh How President Biden can hit a home run LIVE COVERAGE: House debates removing Greene from committees MORE (R-La.).
Haley left the Trump administration in 2018 and remained loyal to the then-president, backing his re-election bid as GOP insiders predicted she would be a likely candidate in the 2024 primary.
White House officials on multiple occasions had to bat down speculation that Trump might replace then-Vice President Pence with Haley on the 2020 ticket.
But in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots, where Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to halt the certification of electoral votes, leaving a police officer dead and dozens injured in the mayhem, Haley has attempted to simultaneously condemn Trump’s role without entirely detaching herself from the former president and his political base.
Haley said at the time that she felt Trump “lost any sort of political viability he was going to have” and questioned whether he would be a player in the future of the GOP.
She has since sought to smooth things out with Trump publicly, criticizing the impeachment proceedings against him earlier this month and penning a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday that blamed the media for divisions among Republicans.
“People feel strongly about Mr. Trump, but we can acknowledge reality,” she wrote. “People on the right can find fault with Trump actions, including on Jan. 6. Right or left, when people make these distinctions, they’re not trying to have it both ways. They’re using their brains.”