In a response to criticism by former Trump official Nikki Haley, President Trump Mocked her.
Trump noted that all of Haley’s criticisms usually lead to a retraction by her.
According to Mediaite:
“Well, every time she criticizes me, she uncriticizes me about 15 minutes later,” Trump said. “I guess she gets the base.”
Haley did brutally criticize Trump after the January 6 riot at the Capitol. She said his words and actions will be “will be judged harshly by history,” and that his betrayal of Mike Pence “disgusted” her.
Months later, Haley said she would support Trump in 2024 if he decided to run. She has lavished him in praise in speeches since.
One major takeaway was Trump’s answer about DeSantis compared to what one Trump confidant said is Trump’s true feelings.
Vanity Fair did solicit the former president’s opinions about his would-be rivals. He was diplomatic when it came to DeSantis, saying in an interview that the Florida governor “is a good guy.”
That might not be entirely accurate. “Trump fucking hates DeSantis. He just resents his popularity,” a Trump confidant told Vanity Fair.
It will be interesting to see how 2024 plays out and how Trump ultimately classifies his possible opponents.