Donald Trump on Tuesday promoted a new ‘birther’ lie, suggesting that Nikki Haley is ineligible to be president because her parents are immigrants.

Under the U.S. Constitution, anyone born in the United States can be elected president, even if their parents are immigrants. Haley, 51, was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, to parents who immigrated from India.

But Trump – who famously claimed that Barack Obama had been born in Kenya, rather than Hawaii – reposted on his social media a post saying she could not be president.

‘Analysis: Legal scholar asserts U.S. Constitution disqualifies Nikki Haley from presidential or vice presidential candidacy,’ the post from the conservative news site The Gateway Pundit said.

The Gateway Pundit referenced claims made by Paul Ingrassia, a law clerk who graduated from law school in 2022 and describes himself on X as a ‘constitutional scholar.’

Nikki Haley is seen with her father Ajit Singh Randhawa and her mother Raj Kaur Randhawa. They moved to the United States from India before Haley was born

Haley is pictured with her parents, who moved to Canada to attend college before settling in South Carolina in 1969

Haley is pictured with her parents, who moved to Canada to attend college before settling in South Carolina in 1969

Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School professor emeritus, told NBC News that Ingrassia’s claim was nonsense, and said it was ridiculous that Trump promoted it.

‘The birther claims against Nikki Haley are totally baseless as a legal and constitutional matter,’ he said.

‘I can’t imagine what Trump hopes to gain by those claims unless it’s to play the race card against the former governor and UN ambassador as a woman of color — and to draw on the wellsprings of anti-immigrant prejudice by reminding everyone that Haley’s parents weren’t citizens when she was born in the USA.’

Her parents, Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa, moved first to Canada – where her father studied for a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia – and then, in 1969, the family settled in Bamberg.

They did not become citizens until after their daughter’s birth – but that does not mean she is ineligible to be president.

Haley in response retweeted a Wall Street Journal post, headlined: ‘Who’s afraid of Nikki Haley? Answer: Donald Trump.’

The Haley campaign has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

Haley and her husband Michael are pictured with Donald Trump inside the White House

Haley and her husband Michael are pictured with Donald Trump inside the White House

Haley served as Trump's UN ambassador, and is seen in October 2018 officially resigning

Haley served as Trump’s UN ambassador, and is seen in October 2018 officially resigning

The 51-year-old is pictured on Tuesday on the campaign trail in Iowa, with less than a week to go until the caucus

The 51-year-old is pictured on Tuesday on the campaign trail in Iowa, with less than a week to go until the caucus

A new poll in New Hampshire puts Nikki Haley on 7 points behind Donald

A new poll in New Hampshire puts Nikki Haley on 7 points behind Donald

Haley is fast catching up on Trump in New Hampshire – the second state in the nation to vote, on January 23.

She is now within seven points of the former president, who has held a strong lead over all other candidates throughout the race.

Trump has the backing of 39 percent of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, while Haley attracts 32 percent.

The rest of the field lags far behind in the poll, with former New Jersey governor Chris Christie at 12 percent; entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy at 8 percent; and Florida governor Ron DeSantis at 5 percent.