What Donald Trump Said
The former president shared a ‘birther’ conspiracy theory questioning her eligibility because her parents were not born in the country.
But Ms Haley was born in the US, which means she can run for office.
Asked about the attacks on CNN, Ms Haley said: “I know President Trump well…That’s what he does when he feels threatened’.
She added: ‘That’s what he does when he feels insecure.’
Ms Haley is Mr Trump’s closest rival in the next contest of the Republican race to be the party’s presidential nominee.
When is the D-Day?
Voters in New Hampshire will select their candidate on Tuesday and although Ms Haley has narrowed the gap, polling still suggests the former president has a substantial lead.
Since Ms Haley’s popularity has risen in the state, Mr Trump has ramped up his attacks on his former UN Ambassador, who was born in South Carolina to immigrant parents from India.
Those born in the US are eligible for office.
Trump called her Birth Name
In addition to spreading an article claiming Ms Haley cannot run for president, Mr Trump also referred to her by her birth name, Nimarata, calling her ‘Nikki ”Nimrada” Haley’ on his social media platform Truth Social.
Haley’s middle name is Nikki.
A Proud Daughter of Bamberg
Asked about the post and article by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Ms Haley said she was a ‘proud daughter of Bamberg, South Carolina’.
‘I love my sweet town and I’m proud to say I’m from there. So, that’s the first question, we can throw that out the window,’ she said.
‘I know that I am a threat. I know that’s why he’s doing that,’ she said, adding she would not get into ‘name-calling’ with him.
When Mr Trump first shared an article questioning Ms Haley’s eligibility for office last week, Laurence Tribe, a constitutional expert at Harvard Law School told NBC the ‘birther’ claims were totally baseless.
‘I can’t imagine what Trump hopes to gain by those claims unless it’s to play the race card against the former governor and UN ambassador as a woman of colour – and to draw on the wellsprings of anti-immigrant prejudice by reminding everyone that Haley’s parents weren’t citizens when she was born in the USA,’ he added.