Haley says she regrets 'little girl' remark made at reporter

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she regrets calling a newspaper reporter a "little girl" after a story about taxpayer spending on a European trip.

In a radio interview Thursday, Haley said "God bless that little girl at The Post and Courier," referring to a reporter at the Charleston newspaper who wrote about the trip.

On Friday, the governor released a statement calling the comment inappropriate.

Bill Rogers with the South Carolina Press Association said Friday the remark was a sexist, personal attack rather than a response to the story's facts.

The story described $127,000 in spending that included a chalet and pricey hotel rooms. Haley defended the spending in interviews and an article she wrote that the newspaper published Wednesday.

The newspaper's editors are not commenting.

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