Nikki Haley Wishes Biden Happy Birthday: 'Time for a Younger Generation'

Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, took to Twitter on Sunday to wish President Joe Biden a happy 80th birthday, but ended her tweet by saying that "it's time for a younger generation to lead."

Haley spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) Annual Leadership Meeting on Saturday and said: "We have to look in the mirror. The Republican Party has lost the popular vote in the last seven out of eight presidential elections. That's saying something. We're behind the times. And we have to be honest with ourselves. Joe Biden turns 80-years-old tomorrow. Happy birthday Mr. President, but it's time for a younger generation to lead across the board."

The Republican also said that after this year's midterm elections, she felt more determined than ever to fight to "bring strength back to our country."

In recent weeks, Haley has been a very vocal critic of the president, using rising gas prices, the United States' relationship with China, and the southern border as specific talking points.

Last Tuesday after Biden's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, Haley said on Twitter: "It's laughable Biden thinks he can strike a deal with the world's largest polluter on climate change. We need to focus on holding Communist China accountable for COVID, fentanyl, aggression toward Taiwan, and the Uyghur genocide. What a wasted opportunity."

The two countries are engaged in a high-stakes competition for global leadership and remain at odds over myriad issues. These include bilateral trade, conflicting positions on the war in Ukraine, and Beijing's opposition to Washington's support for Taiwan's defense preparations in the face of increasing Chinese pressure on the self-governing island that Beijing claims as part of China.

When it comes to the topic of age, former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who worked for the Biden administration, made note of 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump's age on Twitter saying, "Just throwing out there. For everyone who is arguing the reason POTUS shouldn't run again is because of his age...you know Donald Trump is 76 right?"

Trump announced last Tuesday his 2024 presidential campaign, however not all Republicans are on board with it. Trump had teased a 2024 run since leaving office last year, dropping hints that he'd be likely to seek the GOP nomination and racking up a successful endorsement record this year.

Biden is the first president to turn 80 years old in the White House, and the oldest president to hold office. Meanwhile, Trump is the second oldest president to be elected, entering office at 70 years old.

Nikki Haley as guest speaker
Above, Nikki Haley speaks to guests at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting on Saturday in Las Vegas. Haley, former governor of South Carolina, took to Twitter on Sunday to wish President Joe Biden a happy 80th birthday, but ended her tweet by saying that "it's time for a younger generation to lead."

Political analyst and Dillard University Professor Robert Collins told Newsweek on Sunday, "I think the issue is anyone using age against Biden or Trump would understand age will be used against both of them. It sounds silly. If your position is someone is too old to run, neither should run and it's time to move on to new leadership."

Collins continued on Haley's comments, "I think she's trying to paint the path for herself to run, I think you're going to see [Florida Governor] Ron DeSantis imply a run. I think we're going to see in the next few months generational arguments, rather than have people in their late 70s serving in the White House."