Ex-national security adviser John Bolton said during an interview Monday on NBC that he thinks Nikki Haley is “really running for vice president.” The former South Carolina governor announced that she would be running for the White House one day later.
Bolton also alleged that Haley might face some obstacles because she had previously claimed that she would not run if former President Trump decided to place a bid for the White House again. Bolton served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President George W. Bush, which was the same role that Haley served in during the Trump administration. This is why Bolton was particularly critical of her decision to run against her former boss.
He noted that her justification that the circumstances have changed is not convincing, which is why he added, “I think Trump will have a lot of fun with her.”
Bolton also said that he is considering whether or not he wants to place a bid for the White House himself, and that the more he discussed the election, the more apparent it became that Trump was unlikely to win the Republican party nomination.
Haley is not the only ex-Trump official to consider placing a bid for the White House. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Vice President Mike Pence are both considering their own presidential runs, but Haley was the first major Republican to challenge Trump for the GOP nomination.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Tim Scott (SC) are also considering placing their own bids on the White House.