New reports are coming in stating that former President Donald Trump turned down a request to meet that was made by his former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. This came after she publicly condemned him in an interview earlier this month.
Instead of meeting with Haley, Trump reportedly met with House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida earlier this week.
Politico reported on Trump’s snub of Haley:
“NIKKI HALEY reached out to former President DONALD TRUMP on Wednesday to request a sit-down at Mar-a-Lago, but a source familiar tells Playbook that he turned her down. The two haven’t spoken since the insurrection on Jan. 6, when Haley blasted Trump for inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol.”
Haley turned on Trump in an interview with Politico earlier this month, going so far as to say the former president will not be politically relevant in the future.
“I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture. I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far,” she said. “We need to acknowledge he let us down. He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him.”
Haley went on to lash out at Trump for blaming his election loss on Vice President Mike Pence.
“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” she said. “Mike has been nothing but loyal to that man. He’s been nothing but a good friend of that man.” Haley continued, “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”
Haley then said she was “surprised” and “disturbed” by Trump’s behavior.
“Never did I think he would spiral out like this,” she said. “I don’t feel like I know who he is anymore. … The person that I worked with is not the person that I have watched since the election.”
Instead of meeting with Haley, Trump chose to spend time with Scalise.
“He’s in Florida this week on political travel and had meetings at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday and touched base with President Trump while he was there,” Lauren Fine, Scalise’s spokesperson, told CNN.
This comes after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently met with Trump as well.