Trump says he thinks Nikki Haley will be ‘on our team in some capacity’

Trump says he thinks Nikki Haley will be ‘on our team in some capacity’

One day after former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley he said he would vote For former President Donald Trump in November, Trump addressed Haley’s comments on Thursday after a rally in the Bronx: his first major campaign event in New York City since 2016.

“I think she’s going to be on our team because we have a lot of the same ideas, the same thoughts,” Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told News 12 New York. “I appreciated what she said. You know, we had an unpleasant campaign, it was pretty unpleasant. But she’s a very capable person and I’m sure she’ll be on our team in some capacity, absolutely.”

During an event Wednesday at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., the first since suspending his presidential campaign In March, Haley said she would “vote for Trump.”

His statement came despite intense criticism of his former opponent during his presidential run, when he often referred to Trump as “unhinged.”

And in her speech announcing that she was abandoning her presidential bid, Haley said that “it is now up to Donald Trump to win the votes of those in our party and outside of it who did not support him.”

The former South Carolina governor served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration.

In a May 11 post on his Truth Social platform, Trump wrote that Haley is “not under consideration” to be his vice presidential candidate. However, on Thursday, Trump appeared to dodge the question when asked if she was being considered as a possible running mate, instead listing the names of several other prominent Republicans who he said were doing a “fantastic job.” , including Senators Marco Rubio and JD Vance. , Representative Elise Stefanik and Dr. Ben Carson.

“You could elect people like Ben Carson, you could elect people like Marco Rubio, JD Vance… I mean, there are so many. Elise is doing a fantastic job,” Trump said. “We have a lot of people who would do a really fantastic job.”

When asked about the timeline for making a decision, Trump responded that it would likely be made “sometime during the convention.”

The Republican National Convention is scheduled for July 15-18 in Milwaukee.

Trump has spent the last few weeks in a Manhattan courtroom attending his ongoing criminal trial for “secret money”. His defense dropped its case Tuesday and closing arguments will be held next week.

Kathryn Watson contributed to this report.