Despite making several blunders in her bid for the Republican presidential nomination, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) had a chance to make things right during her recent town hall with Fox News but failed to do so after ducking two straightforward questions.
Haley was asked two questions about the secret hospitalization of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and former Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) claim that Trump threatens the U.S.
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Haley’s refusal to answer such questions opened the eyes of many conservatives, with the Iowa caucuses on the horizon.
Fox News hosts Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier moderated the town hall with Haley, who was asked to comment on Austin’s recent hospitalization, which was unknown to all Americans, including President Joe Biden.
After it was revealed that Austin failed to disclose his time at the hospital to the president, former President Donald Trump argued that the defense secretary should be fired from the Biden administration.
As such, MacCallum asked Haley whether she agreed with Trump’s suggestion, to which the former South Carolina governor responded, “I think Biden should be fired.” Instead of answering the question about the defense secretary, Haley deflected.
“This is unbelievable that we have a situation like this,” Haley added. “When I had a crisis in South Carolina, if we were dealing with anything and I had to deal with my adjutant general, I was on the phone with him every day, twice a day. We have war in Europe. We have a war in the Middle East.”
“North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States. China is on the march,” she continued.
Haley then listed several problems associated with the situation involving Austin. She expressed worry over the limited connection between Biden and the defense secretary.
Of course, MacCallum’s question was not about the catastrophic worldwide events that have occurred under Biden’s watch. It was, rather, a question regarding whether she agreed with Trump’s comments that Austin should be relieved of his duties.
After botching the question regarding Austin, Baier asked Haley whether she agreed with Cheney’s claim that Trump is a “threat to democracy.”
Again, the former South Carolina governor failed to answer the question, saying, “Oh, what I think is, I think the American people can decide this. And so what I have said is, he said January 6th was a beautiful day. I think January 6th was a terrible day. I hope we never see that happen again. And so that’s the focus we should have.”