Trump warns he will blacklist Nikki Haley’s campaign donors
Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures while attending a rally ahead of the New Hampshire primary in Laconia, New Hampshire, US, January 22, 2024.
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Former US President Donald Trump has warned that he will blacklist donors to the election campaign of Nikki Haley, his rival for the Republican nomination.
In an overnight post on the social media platform Truth SocialTrump said anyone who contributes to Haley’s platform “from now on, will be permanently banned from the MAGA camp. We don’t want them, and we won’t have them.” The post did not specify whether it was also referring to donations made to the pro-Haley Action Committee.
Short for “Make America Great Again,” MAGA is the slogan that has reunited Trump’s political base since his first presidential campaign and his time in office from 2017-2021.
He recognized that the practice of campaign donors redirecting their resources toward the candidate of the party who appears more successful is common. “When I ran for office and won, I noticed that the ‘donors’ to the losing candidate would immediately come to me and want ‘help,’” he said. “That is the norm in politics, but it is no longer with me.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on whether this represented official policy.
Former South Carolina Governor Haley responded with a post on the social media platform X urging supporters to contribute to her campaign.
“Well in that case… donate here. Let’s go!” She said.
The fundraising supports the US candidate’s campaign initiatives and shows the breadth of their support base. The US Federal Election Campaign Act sets strict rules and limits on contributions to a candidate’s platform.
Trump won the Republican primary in New Hampshire this week, raising questions about whether the race to win the Republican Party’s office is now over. Haley insists she has no plans to withdraw. Billionaire Reid Hoffman has temporarily halted funding for her campaign, following the New Hampshire results, CNBC has learned.
Another high-profile candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, suspended his candidacy on Sunday and endorsed Trump. Dan Eberhardt, CEO of oil and drilling services company Canary and a former DeSantis supporter, told CNBC on Tuesday that he will head to Trump’s private club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, on February 16 to help raise money against President Joe Biden. for the remainder of the electoral period. Biden himself announced his intention to run for a second term.
Trump, who was an outspoken and controversial figure during his first term, faces 91 criminal charges in numerous civil and criminal trials. His potential re-election was high on the agenda of talks among the business and political elite who gathered last week at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland – although not everyone in attendance was convinced.
“In Davos, Donald Trump is already the president,” Alex Soros, president of the Open Society Foundations, said at the end of the event. “And that’s a good thing, because the Davos consensus is always wrong.”
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