Nikki Haley Lands New Gig After Failed Presidential Bid

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley arrives to speak at 44 & King in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is set to join the Hudson Institute think tank, the group announced Monday. The post will allow her to keep a notable profile as she mulls a second presidential bid for 2028.

Haley, former President Trump’s most significant 2024 primary rival, is set to be the Walter P. Stern chair at the institute.

“When our policymakers fail to call out our enemies or acknowledge the importance of our alliances, the world is less safe. That is why Hudson’s work is so critical,” Haley said in a statement. “They believe the American people should have the facts and policymakers should have the solutions to support a secure, free, and prosperous future. I look forward to partnering with them to defend the principles that make America the greatest country in the world.”

Haley served as governor of South Carolina before joining the Trump administration. She’s sometimes been mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate for Trump, though the bitterness in the primary fight between Trump and Haley could make it difficult for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee to select her.

“Nikki is a proven, effective leader on both foreign and domestic policy,” Hudson President John Walters said in a statement. “In an era of worldwide political upheaval, she has remained a steadfast defender of freedom and an effective advocate for American security and prosperity. We are honored to have her join the Hudson team.”

Notable members of the think tank throughout its history include former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Vice President Dan Quayle. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao joined the think tank in 2021.

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