Trump Questions Whereabouts of Nikki Haley‘s Husband Michael, Who Is Serving in Military: ‘He’s Gone!’
In a shocking display of disrespect, former President Donald Trump questioned the whereabouts of his opponent Nikki Haley‘s husband, Michael Haley, who is currently serving in the military overseas.
Trump Mocks Haley for Husband’s Absence, Ignoring His Military Service
Speaking at a rally in Conway, South Carolina, Trump took a jab at Haley while recounting a meeting with her at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
“Then she comes over to see me at Mar-a-Lago. ‘Sir, I will never run against you.’ She brought her husband. Where’s your husband? Oh, he’s away,” Trump ranted.
He continued, “He’s away. What happened to her husband? What happened to her husband? Where is he? He’s gone! He knew. He knew.”
Maj. Michael Haley Deployed with South Carolina National Guard
Maj. Michael Haley, a commissioned officer with the South Carolina National Guard, is currently on a year-long deployment with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Bridge, providing support in the Horn of Africa. He deployed in June.
Haley Fires Back at Trump, Defends Husband’s Service
Not long after Trump‘s remarks, Haley responded while speaking to voters at a campaign stop in Gilbert, South Carolina.
“I am proud of Michael‘s service. Every military spouse knows it’s a family sacrifice. … If you mock the service of a combat veteran, you don’t deserve a driver’s license, let alone being president of the United States,” Haley said, according to NBC News.
“Donald, if you have something to say, don’t say it behind my back. Get on a debate stage and say it to my face,” she added.
Haley Bashes Trump on Social Media
Haley also took to social media to criticize Trump.
“Michael is deployed serving our country, something you know nothing about,” Haley tweeted. “Someone who continually disrespects the sacrifices of military families has no business being commander in chief.”
Michael Haley also appeared to shade the ex-president, tagging him in a tweet with a meme that read: “The difference between humans and animals? Animals would never allow the dumbest ones to lead the pack.”
Trump‘s NATO Threat Raises Eyebrows
In the same speech, Trump claimed that he warned Nato allies if they didn’t pay their dues to the military alliance, that he would “encourage” Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to them.
It’s unclear if the conversation ever happened or if Trump ever intended to follow through on the threat.
Haley and Trump to Face Off in South Carolina Primary
Haley and Trump will face off in the South Carolina primary on Feb. 24, where Trump, the clear GOP frontrunner, looks to defeat Haley in her home state and notch his fourth consecutive primary or caucus win.