Haley 'happy' to meet with Trump during South Carolina visit
May 4th, 2011
10:51 AM ET
11 years ago

Haley 'happy' to meet with Trump during South Carolina visit

Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump will make his first visit to South Carolina as a possible presidential candidate on May 19 to address a Tea Party gathering at the statehouse in Columbia.

Trump will be the keynote speaker at the Columbia Tea Party's bi-monthly meeting.

Gov. Nikki Haley, who plans to endorse a candidate before the South Carolina Republican primary, also said she will meet with Trump during his visit if he requests a sit down.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said Trump has not requested a meeting but said the governor "will be happy to sit down with him if he does."

"The governor looks forward to welcoming each Republican candidate for president to our state, including Donald Trump if he decides to run, because it's critically important that South Carolina voters have the opportunity to discuss the most important issues facing the state and nation face-to-face with these candidates," Godfrey told CNN.

Trump contributed $3,500 to Haley during her 2010 campaign for governor.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Why not , anything for a buck $$$$$$$$$$$ !

    May 4, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. mdn

    He said that he would release his tax returns if Obama released his birth certificate. Donald...where are the TAX RETURNS?

    May 4, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. PalmReader

    "A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday indicates that 58 percent of the public says they would never vote for the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, with an equal amount saying the same thing about the billionaire businessman, real estate mogul, and reality TV star."

    Why, then, is CNN still treating both individuals as if either one of them is a top GOPer contender? Seems to me that by this poll alone, Americans have spoken, loud and clear.

    May 4, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Trump will be the keynote speaker at the Columbia Tea Party's bi-monthly meeting.
    How much are they paying the Strumpet to $peak?
    Trump is nothing but a female version of Palin. They are both shameless, egotistical, unredeemable liars and profiteers.

    May 4, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. rdarkchild

    Gov. Haley is a first generation child of her family born in the United States.
    But she has no problem meeting with someone who questions the citizenship of others.
    I believe that the President’s mother was born in Kansas. Governor where was your mother born? Can we see your birth certificate?
    I would never question her right as a citizen but she has no problem with others doing that to the President.
    The Republican Party thrives on ignorance

    May 4, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Juan

    Now, I am ashamed of living in South Carolina. I can't believe Trump donated to Haley for her campaign. This is so crazy.

    May 4, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. OneMoreTime

    So the Tea Party is still desperate to find a candidate that can match the family values, moral compass, steadfastness,
    determination to work for the American people, and still keep a cool head in the midst of unfounded name calling,
    criticisms, and lies, and more importantly, when we are facing crisis after crises. Trump is no match for President Obama and never will be. Pretty pathetic.

    May 4, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Aaron

    Does this woman do any gubernatorial work...or just spend all her time meeting with the loons that wannabe GOP presidential candidates?

    May 4, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. fayse

    The Donald is a non issue, the same goes for Sarah Palin.

    May 4, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I wonder if he'll want to see her birth certificate? As a member of the GOP she really should be embarrassed by Trump but I guess the only important color she sees is green.

    May 4, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Republican Party thrives on ignorance
    And unpatriotic disrespect of their President.

    May 4, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. OneMoreTime

    @PalmReader – You have to remember that CNN is hosting a "Tea Party Presidential Debate", so they have to keep
    these people happy so their debate won't be the "no show" Faux News is holding Thursday, aka, the most boring
    show on earth!

    May 4, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. AK

    LMAO, I love your post Dominican mama 4 Obama. They are so on point. LOL

    May 4, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. sammieb51

    Where are your financial records Donald? A deal is a deal as they say, or since it was not in writing, you can "fudge" on that one ha? So he's giong to a Teabag convention but won't go to participate in the 1st GOP presidential debates - gotcha Donald. Pay attention to what he does folks, not what he says. He's showing you what he is.

    May 4, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. FM

    What is wrong with these women who are calling themselves "Mama Grizzlies"? Why should Nikki Haley be happy with someone like Trump who her party is not interested in?????

    May 4, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. once upon a horse

    wonder how many F-bombs the Donald is going to drop there? Time is running out for him though because I'm sure NBC is going to renew is reality show which means he can't run for POTUS. And that will just prove that the media and all his supporters have been taken for a ride.

    May 4, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Michael

    The only way for a TPer to actually lose even more cred would be to jump on the Trumpwagon.
    I used to think Gov. Haley was smart (albeit soulless and deluded) but that idea just flew out the window.

    May 4, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Clwyd

    This woman is a sarah palin clone and if any of you are from S. Carolina I would be ashamed of putting this woman in office!

    May 4, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |