Nikki Haley Hints At 2024 Push

( )- Late last week, Nikki Haley teased a presidential run of her own, a possibility that would see her face off head-to-head with her former boss, Donald Trump.

Making an appearance on Fox News last week, Haley — who served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration, made reference to a potential run for the GOP nomination for president in 2024. If she were to do that, she’d face off against Trump and potentially others in what might be a crowded field of powerhouses.

After being asked by Bret Baier, the Fox News host, about a potential presidential run next year, Haley responded:

“Well, when you’re looking at a run for president, you look at two things. You first look at ‘does the current situation push for new?’ The second questions is, ‘am I that person that could be that new leader?’

“You know, on the first question, you can look all across the board, domestic, foreign policy. You can look at … inflation going up, economy shrinking, government getting bigger … small business owners not being able to pay their rent, big businesses getting these bailouts. All of these things warrant the fact that, yes, we need to go in a new direction.”

She then asked out loud whether she believed she could be the next leader after the change, answering her own question:

“Yes, but we are still working through things, and we’ll figure it out. I’ve never lost a race. I said that then. I still say that now. I’m not going to lose now. Stay tuned.”

Haley, who once served as the governor of South Carolina was certainly optimistic about her chances in the 2024 presidential race, if she indeed were to decide to run.

Her words also hinted that she’s very close to making a final decision about a potential run, which she’d likely make public not long after coming to that decision. In fact, she said she thinks she close to the stage of the process where she’d convene an exploratory committee to at least research her potential chances in the race, and then come up with a game plan for how she would approach it.

Thus far, Trump is the only person who has officially announced a candidacy for president in 2024. Not even current President Joe Biden has announced his intentions publicly, though he is expected to do so in the near future.

Both Haley and her former boss have found themselves in the media recently, this time over a report that shined light on why Trump didn’t want to select Haley to be his secretary of state.

In their new book “The Divider,” reporters Susan Glasser of The New Yorker and Peter Baker of The New York Times said that Trump believed Haley had a “complexion problem.”

The former president told John Kelly, who was once his chief of staff, that the real reason that Haley wasn’t selected for secretary of state “was the blotch marks on her cheeks.”

Trump reportedly said:

“She’s not good for me. She’s got that complexion problem. It doesn’t look good.