Haley Accuses Trump Of ‘Playing Politics’ With Border Crisis

President Joe Biden is facing abysmal poll numbers, driven in large part by the fact that voters now view illegal immigration as a more pressing issue than even the economy.

In response to public sentiment, the Biden administration has begun addressing the border crisis more directly in recent weeks, albeit by attempting to place the blame on Republican lawmakers rather than the president’s decision to roll back many of the effective policies put in place by his predecessor.

Biden’s current rhetoric has opened him up to criticism that it is just a thinly veiled attempt to improve his re-election chances — but for Republican presidential primary candidate Nikki Haley, it is former President Donald Trump, not Biden, who is “playing politics” with the issue.

During a recent CNN interview, Haley, who is trailing Trump by dozens of points ahead of a primary election in her home state of South Carolina, attacked the front-runner for attempting to sway Senate Republicans away from supporting a controversial bipartisan immigration deal.

“State of the Union” anchor Dana Bash offered Haley a leading question, presupposing that Trump does not want Republicans to support the bill “because he wants to run on the issue in 2024 in this election year,” asking the former United Nations ambassador why she believes the strategy is a mistake.

“I think nobody should be playing politics with the border,” Haley replied. “He shouldn’t be getting involved telling Republicans to wait until the election because we don’t want this to help Biden win. We can’t wait one more day. You have millions of people who have come to that border; they are not being vetted. America is acting like it’s Sept. 10. It only takes one. This is not a time to play politics.”

Bash sought to clarify whether Haley was accusing Trump of using the issue as a political pawn.

“Of course he is,” she asserted. “He is absolutely playing politics by telling them not to do anything. What I think they need to do is they have to put a tough immigration law in place.”

Trump is hardly the only Republican with serious misgivings about the immigration bill currently being pushed by Senate leaders, however.

“This is an entirely foolish proposition,” declared U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). “It is clear that there is no path for this bill to pass. The speaker of the House has been unequivocal that the Senate bill is dead on arrival in the House. So I asked my colleagues why on Earth would they be pushing a bill that divides the Republican conference, that unites all the Senate Democrats and has zero chance of ever passing into law.”