EXCLUSIVE: Republican presidential candidate and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley vowed Friday that China will not “threaten or intimidate” American businesses if she is elected to the White House in 2024.
Speaking with Fox News Digital at a marketing campaign cease in Newton, Iowa, Haley additionally warned that firms doing business with China have to have a “plan B” ought to the communist nation unexpectedly pull “the rug out from under them.”
“I will go and do what I have always done, which is remind every company that they need to be very cautious about China and should look and say if China pulled the rug out from under them today, would they be ready? We all need a plan B,” Haley mentioned when requested if she agreed with BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s receptiveness to doing enterprise in China.
Haley met with Fink on the Iowa cease, along with different monetary executives at occasions all through the day, as she continues to try to construct support in her bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
She instructed Fox that her “plan B” as president was “going to be a national security plan so that we don’t let China threaten or intimidate or do anything against America.”
“I’ll also partner with my businesses and let them know the threats of China as well. The goal is let’s start doing business with our friends and let’s not get threatened or hurt by our enemies,” Haley mentioned.
Fink and BlackRock have confronted a wave of criticism over the corporate’s previous acceptance of environment, social and governance (ESG) funding standards, which has turn into a goal for conservatives pushing again on what they see as firms implementing a far-left, progressive agenda.
When requested if she was involved about such insurance policies and whether or not she raised the topic throughout her assembly with Fink, Haley prevented instantly answering the query.
“Again, I’ll do what I did in South Carolina. I partnered with my businesses. I use them as a resource. One, they hire people that we need to hire. They help us with our economy,” she mentioned. “But I also shared in South Carolina with my businesses the threats, the issues, the keys that we needed. It’s about having communication.”
“You want your businesses to be successful, but we also want to focus on the national security of our country. And we want to make sure that we get America back on track,” she added. “What they talk about is the debt, inflation, what are we going to do to balance our budget and get things back on track? And I appreciate that. So we all agree on that.”