Michael Haley began his year-long National Guard deployment to Africa in June
During a recent speech, former President Donald Trump made a mockery of fellow Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley by questioning her husband’s absence from the campaign trail, despite his deployment.
Michael Haley, serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard, commenced his year-long deployment to Africa in June. He is a staff officer with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
Trump was seemingly unaware of his deployment when he started questioning his whereabouts during a campaign stop in Conway, South Carolina, on Saturday.
The former president initiated his tirade by labeling Haley a “birdbrain.”
Trump’s remark elicited laughter from the audience as he continued, “Birdbrain loves mass asylum. There’s nothing nice about her.”
He then quoted Haley as saying, “‘I will never run against President Trump. He’s a great president, the greatest president in my lifetime.'”
Trump recounted, “‘She said, ‘I will never run against him.’” He went on, “Then she comes over to see me at Mar-a-Lago…’ Sir, I will never run against you.’ She brought her husband.”
The founder of The Trump Organization then shifted his focus to Haley’s spouse. “Where’s her husband?” Trump queried. “Where is he? He’s gone. He knew, he knew.”
Haley didn’t hold back in her response to Trump, posting on social media two hours later, “Michael is deployed serving our country, something you know nothing about,” the former South Carolina governor wrote on X.
“Someone who continually disrespects the sacrifices of military families has no business being commander in chief.”
Fox News Digital attempted to contact the Trump and Haley campaigns for comment but has not received a response.