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Trump says he believes Nikki Haley is going to be “on our team in some form”

One day after former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said she would vote for former President Donald Trump in November, Trump responded to Haley’s remarks Thursday after a rally in the Bronx – his first major event of the campaign in New York since 2016.

“I think she’ll be a part of 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 a bad campaign, it was pretty nasty. But she’s a very competent person, and I’m sure she will be part of our team. ‘one way or another, absolutely.’

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

Her statement comes despite intense criticism of her former opponent during his presidential campaign, when she often called Trump “unbalanced.”

And in her speech announcing she was dropping her presidential bid, Haley said it was “now up to Donald Trump to win the votes of those in our party and beyond who don’t 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 “was not under consideration” to be his vice presidential nominee. On Thursday, however, Trump appeared to dodge the question when asked if she was being considered as a potential vice presidential candidate, instead listing the names of several other prominent Republicans who he said were doing a “fantastic job.” notably Senators Marco Rubio and JD Vance. , Rep. Elise Stefanik and Dr. Ben Carson.

“You could take people like Ben Carson, you could take 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.”

Asked about the timeline for a decision, Trump said it would likely come “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 “hush money”. His defense concluded its argument Tuesday, with final arguments expected to take place next week.

Kathryn Watson contributed to this report.

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