Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Monday that former President Donald Trump was “incredibly reckless” if the federal charges lodged against him in an indictment over his handling of classified documents turn out to be true, The Hill reported.
At the same time, Haley also criticized the FBI and the Department of Justice, joining other Republicans who have stated that the former President is being treated unfairly.
“This is what I’ll tell you, two things can be true at the same time: One, the DOJ and FBI have lost all credibility with the American people, and getting rid of just senior management isn’t going to be enough to fix this. This is going to take a complete overhaul, and we have to do that,” Haley was quoted as having said during an interview on Fox News.
“Two, the second thing can also be true. If this indictment is true, if what it says is actually the case, President Trump was incredibly reckless with our national security,” she added.
Haley criticized the taking of classified documents that detail US military maneuvers. Trump is accused of having classified information at Mar-a-Lago that touched on the nation’s nuclear programs and its defense and weapon capabilities in addition to those of other nations.
“More than that, I’m a military spouse, my husband’s about to deploy this weekend,” Haley continued. “This puts all of our military men and women in danger if you are going to talk about what our military is capable of or how we would go about invading or doing something with one of our enemies. And if that’s the case, it’s reckless, it’s frustrating and it causes problems.”
The federal indictment against Trump in the classified documents case was unsealed on Friday. According to the indictment, Trump faces 37 counts in the case, including 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information, according to the indictment.
Trump, who arrived in Miami on Monday evening, is set to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday afternoon.
On Saturday, Trump denounced the indictment against him in a speech in Georgia, calling it "ridiculous and baseless."