Count Nikki Haley among those saying they’re worried about runaway spending in Washington, D.C.
The Trump administration’s former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday tweeted “This can’t continue” in response to news that the federal government’s budget deficit topped $1 trillion in August.
Another Twitter user then suggested that she was about to leave the Republican Party, in a reference to how the GOP has overseen the recent increased spending, while constraining tax revenue. Haley responded that she wasn’t quitting the party and put the blame on U.S. lawmakers with the following line, as she steered clear of mentioning her old boss, President Donald Trump:
‘Congress needs to understand we don’t have an endless bank account. With a strong economy we should not be rising debt at these levels.’
Haley bowed out as ambassador to the UN at the end of last year, appearing to leave on good terms with the president and with her reputation relatively intact. Her departure sparked lots of speculation about her next steps, and the former South Carolina governor seemed to make an effort last month to knock down chatter that she might become Trump’s vice president, replacing Mike Pence.
Haley also made waves last month for saying it was “unnecessary” for Trump to mock an attempted break-in at a Democratic congressman’s Baltimore home.