Indian-American Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley on Tuesday reiterated that the US would not give hundreds of millions of dollars to “bad guys” like Pakistan if voted to power.
The former ambassador to the United Nations tweeted, “A weak America makes the bad guys pay: hundreds of millions to Pakistan, Iraq and Zimbabwe last year alone. A strong America will not be the world’s ATM.”
A weak America pays the bad guys: hundreds of millions to Pakistan, Iraq and Zimbabwe last year alone.
A strong America will not be the ATM of the world.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 28, 2023
Ms Haley said in another tweet: “The US cannot be the ATM of the world. As president, we will make sure to shake up the foreign policy establishment. More on our plans to stop sending money to our enemies…”
“I will cut foreign aid every cent to the countries that hate us. A strong America doesn’t pay bad guys. A proud America doesn’t waste our people’s hard earned money. And only leaders we trust who stand by our enemies and stand by our friends,” the 51-year-old two-term governor of South Carolina, who earlier this month formally launched his 2024 presidential bid, wrote in the New York Post wrote in an op-ed.
In the op-ed, Ms. Haley wrote that the US spent $46 billion on foreign aid last year, which goes to countries such as China, Pakistan and Iraq. He said the American taxpayer deserves to know where that money is going and what it is doing.
According to Ms. Haley, the Biden administration has resumed military aid to Pakistan, although it is home to at least a dozen terrorist organizations and its government is deeply indebted to China.
She said that as the US ambassador to the United Nations, she strongly supported then-President Donald Trump’s decision to cut nearly USD 2 billion in military aid to Pakistan because the country supported terrorists who kill American soldiers. Are.
“It was a huge victory for our troops, our taxpayers and our vital interests, but it didn’t go far enough. We still gave them too much in other aid. As president, I would block every penny,” he couple.
Less than a fortnight after entering the race for the White House, Haley is leading in a hypothetical match against President Joe Biden, according to the latest opinion polls on Friday.
But he is badly behind against former President Trump, the GOP’s leading candidate, the Rasmussen Report said based on a poll conducted between February 16 and 19.
She comes third in the Republican Party after Trump (52 percent) and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (24 percent).
Born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to immigrant Punjabi Sikh parents, Ms. Haley is the third Indian-American to run for the US presidency in three consecutive election cycles. Bobby Jindal ran in 2016 and Vice President Kamala Harris in 2020.
Days after Ms Haley announced her White House bid, Indian-American tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, another Republican, also launched his 2024 presidential bid.
Before entering the presidential race, Haley has to win the Republican presidential primary, which begins in January next year.
The next US presidential election is to be held on November 5, 2024.
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