April 18, 2024


Trump first mentioned that Haley turned down safety supplied by his administration on Jan. 6 after which once more talked about Haley.

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley tells the viewers one of the best birthday current they may give her is their vote on Tuesday whereas talking at a Pizza and Politics occasion at Franklin Pierce College, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, in Rindge, N.H. (AP Picture/Robert F. Bukaty) AP

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nikki Haley on Saturday questioned whether or not Donald Trump is mentally able to serving as president once more after he repeatedly appeared to confuse her with former U.S. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a marketing campaign speech.

As she campaigned in Keene, New Hampshire, Haley referenced Trump’s speech the night time earlier than, wherein he mistakenly asserted that Haley was in control of Capitol safety on January 6, 2021, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the constructing searching for to cease the certification of his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump first mentioned that Haley turned down safety supplied by his administration on Jan. 6 after which once more talked about Haley, including, “They destroyed all the data, all the proof, every thing, deleted and destroyed all of it.”

Trump, 77, has accused Pelosi of turning down safety he says his administration supplied, however a particular Home committee empaneled to probe the assault discovered no proof to assist that declare.

“They’re saying he obtained confused, that he was speaking about one thing else, he’s speaking about Nancy Pelosi,” Haley mentioned on Saturday.

“He talked about me a number of instances in that situation. The priority I’ve is — I’m not saying something derogatory — however if you’re coping with the pressures of the presidency, we are able to’t have another person that we query whether or not they’re mentally match to do that,” Haley mentioned. “We will’t.”

Talking at a Bloomberg Information discussion board on Saturday in Manchester, Haley marketing campaign supervisor Betsy Ankney referenced Haley’s remarks and mentioned Trump “made a reasonably obvious gaffe final night time.”

“It’s a distinction and not using a distinction. It’s Nikki and Nancy,” Trump marketing campaign senior adviser Chris LaCivita mentioned to reporters Saturday night time. “What’s the distinction?”

At his rally Saturday night time in Manchester, Trump mentioned that he took a cognitive take a look at and “aced it.”

“I’ll let after I go dangerous. I actually suppose I’ll have the ability to let you know,” he added. “I really feel my thoughts is stronger now than it was 25 years in the past. Is that potential?”

Trump, who received Monday’s Iowa caucuses and is the present GOP front-runner, picked Haley to function his United Nations ambassador and has ramped up his criticism of her marketing campaign because the yr’s votes have gotten underway.

On Saturday, he stumped in New Hampshire with a strong complement of backers from Haley’s dwelling state of South Carolina, together with Gov. Henry McMaster and several other U.S. Home members. A day earlier, Sen. Tim Scott — who ended his personal 2024 bid in November and was appointed to the Senate by Haley in 2012 — endorsed Trump over Haley in a rousing call-and-response speech of his personal in New Hampshire.

Since getting into the GOP race practically a yr in the past, Haley, 52, has advocated for “psychological competency exams” for older politicians, a swipe on the ages of each Trump and Biden.

Related Press writers Michelle L. Worth and Jill Colvin in Manchester, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.