Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley pushed back against her critics this week, slamming them for spreading “false rumors” about her rumored interest in replacing U.S. vice president Mike Pence on the 2020 Republican presidential ticket.
“Enough of the false rumors,” Haley tweeted. “Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support.”
Haley’s show of support for Pence comes just weeks after a high-profile spat with Kellyanne Conway, the top political advisor to U.S. president Donald Trump. Conway took a sharp dig at Haley after she criticized the president, mocking her perceived interest in the No. 2 spot on the Republican ticket (which, if we are being perfectly honest, would probably benefit from her inclusion).
Haley’s tweet comes one week after news broke of her meeting with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who recently launched a public relations offensive bashing his former boss.
The timing of Haley’s meeting with Scaramucci led some to speculate that the two politicos were working together to undermine Trump.
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Haley’s tweet in support of Pence (above) drew curious responses from the legacy media in Washington, D.C.
Within the White House, Haley was derided.
Still, the tweet succeeded in sparking a longer-term conversation likely to accrue to Haley’s benefit.
“It worked,” our intrepid D.C. Operative noted. “The ‘why doesn’t Trump dump Pence for Haley, the soccer mom, so he can secure the Nordstroms vote instead of losing because he appealed to knuckle-dragging rural people who go to church instead of brunching at the country club,’ sh*t is back.”
Despite some early reservations, Trump has made it clear he is sticking with Pence in 2020, referring to him as an “outstanding” vice president as recently as last weekend.
Is Trump smart to keep him on the ticket? We don’t know …
If the American economy is in a recession when Trump is campaigning for reelection – which appears to be an even money bet at this point – we don’t think it will matter much who is occupying the No. 2 spot on his ticket.
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