Donald Trump turned down Nikki Haley’s request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago.
Nikki Haley reached out to Trump on Wednesday to request a face to face meeting at his Mar-a-Lago golf club, but a source told Politico that he turned her down.
Haley has criticized Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in the weeks after the deadly siege.
The Trump snub came days after she told Politico in an interview that Trump “let us down” in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
She was particularly angry over his treatment of former Vice-President Mike Pence.
“Mike has been nothing but loyal to that man. He’s been nothing but a good friend of that man. … 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 said.
“He’s not going to run for federal office again,” Haley said of Trump. “I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture. I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.”
Now it appears that Haley is the one out of the picture since she has lost the respect of the new ‘kingmaker’ in conservative politics.
Trump has met with other GOP officials at Mar-a-Lago since leaving office, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and more recently House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), according to The Hill.
It would appear that Haley is trying to get back into Trump’s good graces. On Wednesday she wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, blaming the ‘liberal media’ for the Republican Party identity crisis.
“The media playbook starts with the demand that everyone pick sides about Donald Trump – either love or hate everything about him. The moment anyone on the right offers the slightest criticism of the 45th president, the media goes berserk: Republicans are trying to have it both ways!,” she wrote. “It’s a calculated strategy to pit conservatives against one another. It’s also a ridiculous false choice. Real life is never that simple. Someone can do both good and bad things,” she added.
It does not appear as if Trump is buying it.