South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she is disappointed in 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump after he called one of her home state U.S. senators, Republican Lindsey Graham, an “idiot” on Tuesday.
Speaking a Republican governors forum at the Aspen Institute in Colorado, Haley said: “He is creating a very combative tone. Everyday, I feel like I’m hearing Mr. Trump attack another person personally. That’s not what we need.”
Haley called Trump a friend who has supported her politically. The New York business mogul has contributed $7,000 to Haley’s two gubernatorial runs and $5,000 to a political group with ties to the governor.
But Haley added, “I’m disappointed in him. We’re looking for some who bring people together” to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
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Graham is among Haley’s closest political allies.
Trump slammed Graham, a rival for the White House, in a speech in Bluffton on Tuesday after the Seneca Republican called him a “jackass” in television interviews.
Graham was criticizing Trump for putdowns about Mexican immigrants and the war record of U.S. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who is among Graham’s closest friends.
Trump took his anger out on Graham a step further by giving out the senator’s personal cell-phone number during the speech. Graham plans on changing his number.