Haley’s new ad will play up her foreign policy expertise and take a subtle jab at Trump

Nikki Haley’s closing remarks to voters in New Hampshire will include a three-minute ad with an emotional story about the mother of a student who died shortly after being released from captivity by North Korea in 2017, whose cause Ms. Haley championed as the United Nations. ambassador.

The ad, which Haley’s campaign said will run nationwide on Monday, was narrated by Cynthia Warmbier, the mother of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from Cincinnati who was jailed in North Korea after visiting the country on a tour.

“The North Korean government took him hostage, tortured and killed him,” Ms Warmbier, who spoke at Ms Haley’s campaign launch last year, was shown telling the crowd. “When we asked the Obama administration for help, they told us to be quiet and patient. Nikki told us otherwise. She told me it was okay to be scared, like I am now, but I had to push through the fear.”

Ms. Warmbier describes Ms. Haley as a fighter on the world stage and a leader with strength and compassion.

The ad appears aimed at attracting, among other voters, suburban women who have left the Republican Party in recent years and are a key constituency in New Hampshire and beyond.

Portraying North Korea as evil and responsible for the young man’s death, the ad may also remind voters of former President Donald J. Trump’s frequent praise of his friendly relationship with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.

Ms. Haley portrayed Mr. Trump as a destabilizing force in international relations who sided with dictators and terrorists.

Ms. Warmbier and her son’s story have played a constant role in the Trump administration.

During Mr. Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address, Ms. Warmbier and her husband, Fred, stood and wept as Mr. Trump described the “threat” of North Korea and paid tribute to Otto.

It was later reported that North Korea had billed the United States $2 million for Otto’s treatment before releasing him, although Mr Trump denied paying the country anything.

The Warmbiers later released a heated statement after Mr Trump met the North Korean leader and said he believed Mr Kim’s claim that he did not know what happened to Mr Warmbier while he was in captivity.

“Some really bad things happened to Otto — some really, really bad things. But he tells me he didn’t know about it, and I’ll take his word for it.” Mr. Trump said.

But Ms. Haley said otherwise: “Americans know the cruelty inflicted on Otto Warmbier by the North Korean regime“, she wrote on social networks.

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