(CNSNews.com) – Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told “Fox News Sunday” that there’s nothing wrong with talking to China, but the problem is in “what we say to them.”
When asked how she would handle Chinese President Xi Jinping, Haley said, “Not the way President Biden is handling it, I’ll tell you that. You now, there is nothing wrong with talking to China. The problem is it’s what we say to them. China continues to say that this is a weather balloon. We know that’s not the case.
“The idea that Americans would look to the sky and see a Chinese spy balloon looking back at us is unacceptable. I mean, they invaded our sovereignty, it never should have happened, and we have to say that, but they’re lying about the balloon, the same way they’ve lied about COVID, and it’s time for us to stop being reactionary to China and start actually being aggressive and letting China know what we expect of them,” she said.
When asked to respond to criticism that she thinks the conservative base is scary, Haley said, “I’ve never said conservatism is scary and frightening. I am conservative. I’ve been a conservative all my life. I came in as governor through the Tea Party. I care what Americans think. I don’t care what certain segments think. I think that’s the problem.
“Shannon, we’ve lost the last seven out of eight popular votes for president. That means Republicans are doing something wrong. We have to start focusing on winning the majority of Americans because our solutions are right. We focus on lifting up everybody, not just a select few,” she said.
“So, I’m not going to pay attention to a certain segment of the population. I am a conservative. I’m going to fight with conservative solutions, and I’m going to try and win as many people as I can,” the former ambassador said.
Host Shannon Bream asked how Haley differs from former President Donald Trump.
HALEY: I don’t focus on President Trump and it’s amazing that the media wants to talk about that so much because I just —
BREAM: But you will have to because it’s a GOP primary. You will have to focus on him and Governor DeSantis or anybody else who gets in. To get through President Trump, you will have to get through the field.
HALEY: Shannon — my announcement was to a few thousand people in South Carolina. I just had packed rooms in New Hampshire, not one person asked about President Trump. Everybody wanted to talk about Biden. Everybody wanted to talk about the problems facing American families.
I am focused on Joe Biden. He’s the one that’s the president. You know, I will tell you, I think Americans need to have options. I think they need a new generation. I think we need new energy going in. I think we need never energy going in.
I think we need to leave the status quo of the past and start looking ahead, and that’s what I’m going to do, and as much as people want to talk about other opponents, there will be more. Many of them are my friends.
My focus is on American families, how they’re struggling, and what we’re going to do to make sure that we get this country back.
On the debt ceiling, Haley said, “Well, I think we’ve got $31 trillion in debt, and our children will never forgive us for it. First, we have to stop the spending binge. We’ve got to put Washington, D.C., on a diet. They can’t continue to spend this way.
“We are borrowing money just to make our interest payments. We’ve got to work on a way to actually pay down this debt. Fifteen percent of the federal budget is interest. We need to stop borrowing. We need to look at the fact that inflation is coming from the supply chain,” she said.
“We need to start building things in America so that we’re not worried about that. And we need to open up our energy sector so that that can start to work. There is an issue of entitlements, and I think that we do have to address entitlements,” Haley said.
“However, I don’t think we take away from anyone that we’ve promised things to. I think we focus on the new generation coming into the system because they already know they’re not going to get anything from it, and we need to get in front of that, and that means you go and you look at the new ones coming in and you keep your promises to those that have already been in the system,” she said.
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