Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who earlier had Donald Trump as her boss, is reportedly running for president in 2024.

She will start her campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination later this month, two sources told Reuters Wednesday. This would make her the second declared Republican candidate after Trump. Haley’s campaign sent an email to supporters on Wednesday inviting them to a Feb. 15 event in Charleston where she will reportedly announce her candidacy. It is expected that South Carolina will host one of the first Republican nominating primaries in 2024 and will play a key role in choosing the eventual candidate. She will be running against Trump, under whom she served as an ambassador to the United Nations.

A few days ago, Haley teased a run for president during an interview on Fox News. When a person is considering a run for the White House, Haley said that you would consider two things -- "Does the current situation push for new leadership? The second question is, Am I that person that could be that new leader?" She said that yes, "we need to go in a new direction." And she thinks yes, she "can be that leader."

Currently, it is not clear where her relationship with Trump stands, reported Business Insider. A book penned by The New Yorker's Susan Glasser and The New York Times' Peter Baker revealed that Trump mocked Haley's appearance. He said that he would not pick her for his running mate because she had a "complexion problem."

She is the daughter of two Indian immigrants who had a successful clothing store. She gained a reputation in the Grand Old Party as a solid conservative who can address issues of gender and race in a more credible fashion than many of her colleagues. When she served as US ambassador to the United Nations under Trump from 2017 to 2018, the U.S. pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. It was inked under President Barack Obama of the Democratic Party and was highly unpopular among Republicans.

An associate of Haley said that she chose to launch her campaign this early to try to grab voters’ attention. She reportedly wants to shake up a race that had so far been dominated by Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is yet to declare whether he will run for the White House or not.

Nikki Haley
US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley holds photos of victims as she speaks as the UN Security Council meets in an emergency session at the UN on April 5, 2017, about the suspected deadly chemical attack that killed civilians, including children, in Syria. GettyImages

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