Presidential candidate Donald Trump fired back at South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley who referenced him in her response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
He told Fox and Friends,
"But she’s weak on illegal immigration, and she certainly has no trouble asking me for campaign contributions, ‘cause over the years she’s asked me for a hell of a lot of money in campaign contributions. So, you know, it’s sort of interesting to hear. Perhaps if I weren’t running she’d be in my office asking for money. But now that I’m running, she wants to take a weak side on immigration.
"I feel very strongly about illegal immigration. She doesn’t, and I think the people in her great state, I love her state, I’m there a lot, and by the way I have a massive lead in South Carolina. We have a massive lead. They’re incredible people, and they feel like I do. Believe me. Because they don’t like what’s happening in our country.”
Would Trump consider Haley as his number two on a presidential ticket?
“Well considering I’m leading in the polls by a lot, I wouldn’t say she’s off to a good start based on what she has just said. So you know, let’s see what happens. We’ll pick somebody, but we’ll pick somebody who’s very good. But whoever I pick is going to be very strong on illegal immigration. We’ve had it. We’ve had it with illegal immigration.
"Believe me—this country, and a lot of other things, especially when you look at what’s going on, at the Iran deal and all of the money that goes out and we get nothing for it. So we’ve had it with a lot of things in this country."
Governor Haley appeared on NBC's Today show and told Matt Lauer her remarks to Obama's speech did, in fact, reference Donald Trump:
"He was one of them, yes. He was one. There's other people in the media, there's people in my state. I think we're seeing it across the country. But yes, Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk."
In her response to Obama, Haley warned: “Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices,” Haley said on Tuesday, adding that she is "the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every day how blessed we were to live in this country.”
Haley earned praise from White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough. “I have a lot of admiration for the governor,” he said.