Nikki Haley CALLS OUT Trump For Silence On Navalny's Death

By Maria Angelino | Monday, 19 February 2024 12:00 PM
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In the run-up to South Carolina's GOP primary, former Governor Nikki Haley, who currently trails former President Donald Trump by an average of 30 points in the polls, is making a case for herself as the superior candidate.

Despite the significant gap, recent polls suggest that Haley is gradually closing in on Trump.

During an appearance on ABC News' "This Week" with Jonathan Karl, Haley took the opportunity to criticize Trump's apparent indifference, or perhaps endorsement, of the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Haley stated, "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." This statement was in response to Trump's silence following Navalny's death.

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Haley began her argument by rightfully condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin, emphasizing that he is not a figure to be trusted.

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In response to Karl's question about her stance on Navalny's death and how she would handle Putin if she were president, Haley said, "I think it's important to stand with the Russian people, who believe Navalny was really talking for them. I mean, you look at this hero — he was fighting corruption, he was fighting what Putin does — and what did Putin do? He killed him, just like he does all his political opponents, and I think that's very telling."

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She continued, "This goes back to the fact that we need to remind the American people that Vladimir Putin is not our friend. Vladimir Putin is not cool. This is not someone we want to associate with; this is not someone that we want to be friends with; this is not someone that we can trust."

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Haley then shifted her focus to Trump, criticizing his stance on Putin. She expressed concern over Trump's statement made in South Carolina a week prior, in which he suggested he would encourage Putin to invade their allies if they were not contributing sufficiently.

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Haley argued, "Because all he did in that one moment was empower Putin. 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. And he sided with a guy who wanted to make a point to the Russian people: 'Don't challenge me in the next election, or this will happen to you, too.'"

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She emphasized the need for the public to understand the implications of such statements and actions, and stressed the importance of supporting Ukraine to prevent further conflict.

When asked why Trump has remained silent on Navalny's death, Haley responded, "It's actually pretty amazing that he not only — after making those comments that he would encourage Putin to invade NATO — but the fact that he won't acknowledge 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. Either one of those is concerning — either one of those is a problem."

As of the time of this report, the former President has not made any comments on Navalny's death on his social media platform, Truth Social, or elsewhere.

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