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Trump questions absence of Haley’s deployed husband from campaign trail


Conway, South Carolina — Former President Donald Trump asked about the whereabouts of the former UN ambassador Nikki Haley’s husband at a rally Saturday in the Palmetto State.

“Where is her husband? Oh, he’s away,” Trump said. “What happened to her husband? Where is he? He’s gone.”

Maj. Michael Haley, a commissioned officer in the South Carolina National Guard, is deployed with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in the Horn of Africa. Major Haley voluntarily deployed last June, according to the Associated Press. This is his second Army deployment to Africa.

Haley immediately responded to the attacks by taking the stage at her Saturday rally in Lexington, South Carolina.

“Donald Trump had a rally today and at that rally he made fun of my husband’s military service,” Haley said. “I’m going to say it Donald. If you have something to say, don’t say it behind my back, get on the debate stage and say it to my face.”

Nikki Haley in Myrtle Beach
FILE – Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, with her husband Michael Haley after a campaign event at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in South Carolina on March 13, 2023.

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Haley then defended her husband’s military service, adding that his deployment was a family sacrifice. and evenstressed the need for mental competency tests for politicians over the age of 75.

“I’ve been talking for a long time about the fact that we need to give mental competency tests to everyone over the age of 75. Donald Trump claims he would pass that. Maybe he would, maybe he would. he wouldn’t. But if you don’t care about a veteran’s service, you don’t deserve a driver’s license, let alone be president of the United States.”

In a rare rebuke, Michael Haley responded to Trump’s attacks directly on social media, posting a photo caption with the following text: “The difference between humans and animals? Animals would never allow the stupidest to lead the pack.”

Her husband’s deployment is the cornerstone of Haley’s campaign speech, in which she mentions the problems he encountered after returning from Afghanistan.

“I’m doing this for my husband and his military brothers and sisters,” Haley said during a Republican presidential debate in December. “They need to know that their sacrifices matter. They need to know that we love our country.”

Former first lady Melania Trump did not appear on the campaign trail with her husband since November 2022 when he launched his third bid for the White House.



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