Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., called out China on Sunday for its decades spent preparing for war against the U.S.
But as Beijing readies itself for the battle for global supremacy, the American military is wasting time being trained on gender pronouns, according to Haley. She cautioned that the armed forces are becoming complacent and are not ready to deal with the very real threat.
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The former South Carolina governor in recent days elevated her hawkish credentials on China to separate herself from the rest of the GOP field.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the candidate detailed how the Chinese navy now surpasses the U.S. in vessels and capability. “They have 340 ships, we have 293. They’re going to have 400 in two years, we won’t even have 350 in two decades.”
Haley also noted advances Beijing already made in hypersonic missiles, an area in which the U.S. is “just now getting started.”
Addressing the Sunday audience, Haley said that China has gone full speed ahead in military preparations in recent years.
By contrast, the woke U.S. military is more concerned with diversity and pronouns. “They are modernizing their military, our military’s taking gender pronoun classes,” she explained. “Look at what they’re doing on cyber, artificial intelligence, space — they’re ahead of us.”
In an address last week, Haley called on the U.S. to “stop wasting time” and focus on issues that matter for national security.
The Republican candidate categorized Communist China as the “most dangerous foreign threat we’ve faced since the Second World War.”
Her solution? Limiting trade relations with Beijing and tightening controls on Chinese investments in the U.S. Haley said that sanctions are in place but have little effect.
Speaking to the American Enterprise Institute last week, the former ambassador said that as president, “I will push to revoke permanent normal trade relations until the flow of fentanyl ends.”
China is well-known to supply precursor chemicals used by Mexican drug cartels to manufacture deadly fentanyl. The drug, according to the CDC, was responsible for the deaths of over 80,000 Americans in 2021.
U.S. officials claim the fentanyl issue is front and center in talks with Beijing, even though relations between the two powers are at their lowest levels in decades. They assert that Chinese officials are uncooperative in clamping down on the chemicals and accompanying money laundering.