Posted on October 18, 2023

Nikki Haley Backtracks on Supporting Resettling Palestinians Across U.S.

John Binder, Breitbart, October 17, 2023

Former Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley, running in the Republican presidential primary, is backtracking after suggesting support for resettling Palestinians across American communities.

During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on October 15, the anchor played a clip of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — also running for the GOP nomination — in which he stated that “not all [Palestinians] are Hamas, but they are all antisemitic” as a point to argue that the United States must not take refugees from Gaza.

In response, Haley told CNN that “There are so many of these people who want to be free from this terrorist rule, they want to be free from all of that, and America has always been sympathetic to the fact that you can separate civilians from terrorists, and that’s what we have to do.”


The following day, on October 16, a spokesperson for Haley’s campaign told RealClearPolitics the former South Carolina governor “opposes the U.S. taking Gazans” {snip}

The following day, on October 17, Haley told Fox News in an interview that she has “always” opposed resettling Palestinians across the U.S., pointing to her opposition to Syrian refugees under former President Obama.


Haley’s record, though, is one of a changing perspective on refugee resettlement from the most dangerous regions of the world.

As Breitbart News reported, three days after the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France, — where seven Islamic terrorists killed 130 people, including one terrorist who reportedly posed as a Syrian refugee to get into the country — Haley was one of only nine Republican governors who continued supporting Obama’s plan to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S.