Gov. Nikki Haley plans to be at the Republican National Convention in Ohio next month, despite her efforts to distance herself from the party’s expected presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Godfrey confirmed Haley would travel to Cleveland for the July 18-21 convention, but would not deliver remarks as she did in 2012. The Charleston Post & Courier first reported the news Tuesday.
Haley had been invited by South Carolina’s delegation, but did not immediately commit to the trip. While the governor has indicated she would vote for Trump in the general election, she has also been especially critical of his positions on refugees and immigration. She previously told reporters she would decide after the legislative session finished and next year’s budget was approved.
The governor backed Florida US Sen. Marco Rubio’s unsuccessful campaign during this year’s Republican primary.
US Sen. Lindsey Graham has already indicated he will not attend the party’s convention. Fellow US Sen. Tim Scott’s said Tuesday he would also attend.