By JIM DAVENPORT
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.