A GOP donor who backed Nikki Haley's presidential campaign wants Trump to 'show some maturity' and reach out to his onetime rival: 'Hard for him to do'

Donald Trump and Nikki Haley
Former President Donald Trump and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images; Allison Joyce/Anadolu Agency via Getty
  • Former President Trump has not connected with Nikki Haley since she left the presidential race.

  • Haley has said Trump would have to "earn the votes" of those who didn't support him.

  • Andy Sabin, a GOP donor who backed Haley, said it might be "hard" for Trump to reach out to the ex-ambassador.

Former President Donald Trump has not reached out to former UN ambassador Nikki Haley since she exited the GOP primary one day after his commanding Super Tuesday performance, according to Politico.

A week after Haley left the race without endorsing Trump, the former president secured enough delegates to clinch the GOP nomination ahead of the party's July convention in Milwaukee.

But for many in the GOP, it's time to put past issues aside and focus on the November general election, when Trump is once again set to face President Joe Biden.

Andy Sabin, a metals mogul and leading GOP donor who previously supported Haley's White House campaign, told Politico that he'll be backing Trump in the fall and also wanted to see Haley back the former president.

"She should endorse him just for the fact that she is keeping her word," Sabin told the news outlet, adding that the party didn't want to risk the potential of Vice President Kamala Harris becoming president.

However, Sabin said it wouldn't be the easiest thing for Trump to make initial overtures to Haley, who was highly critical of him in the weeks before she left the race, needling the ex-president over everything from his temperament to his positions on foreign affairs.

"I think Trump should reach out," Sabin told Politico. "But I think that's hard for him to do."

"It would be wonderful if he could show some maturity," he added.

Former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday announced that he wouldn't back Trump's 2024 bid, arguing that the former president had strayed too far from conservatism.

"Donald Trump is pursuing and articulating an agenda that is at odds with the conservative agenda that we governed on during our four years, and that's why I cannot in good conscience endorse Donald Trump in this campaign," Pence said.

Business Insider reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.

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