Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, this week attempted to play down rumors that she is setting her sights on replacing Mike Pence to become vice president on the Republican ticket in 2020.
Haley denied the accusations in an appearance on Fox News to promote her new memoir, “With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace,” which was published on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
“I will tell you, its amazing how this vice president stuff still keeps coming up,” Haley said.
“The vice president and the president are a great ticket together,” she continued. “Theyre solid. Solid enough that theyre going to win together.”
Haley claimed “there is no truth whatsoever” in rumors she is gunning for Pences position. She added, “I think Mike is great for that job and I think that hes the right partner for the president.”
Haley previously brushed off the same rumors in August in a published statement on Twitter.
Enough of the false rumors. 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. pic.twitter.com/waPyQjC8Eb
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) August 21, 2019
“Enough of the false rumors. 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,” she wrote late August.
Her comments came as former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt made an appearance on MSNBCs “Morning Joe,” where he claimed Haley “wants to be vice president on the Republican ticket in 2020.”
Schmidt, who worked as a campaign strategist for George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and John McCain, told host Willie Geist he believes President Trump will cut the vice president loose in favor of Haley.
“I think Mike Pence is probably hanging out back there thinking, Hey, Ive got a 1 in 365 chance at picking the day that Trumps going to dump me from the ticket and put her on,'” Schmidt said.
He added that Haley “would serve [Trumps] immediate political interests in a way that Pence cant.”
Trump meanwhile dismissed the claims during an interview with Fox Business on Nov. 13, saying, “You cant break up a team like that.”
“Nikki Haley represented us so well, and our country so well. I love Nikki, and theres places for Nikki, and Nikkis future is great, but Mike Pence is the person, 100 percent,” he told interviewer Maria Bartiromo.
“We won. We won together. We have tremendous evangelical support. We have tremendous support from every angle. And you cant break up a team like that. Thats a team that really would —and we get along well together. We get along really well together,” Trump added.