Former Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley dismissed a claim that she plotted with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to run for vice president in 2020, Politico reports. This claim comes from an excerpt of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love, coming out next week, that was published in The Guardian.
In the book, Pompeo describes an incident where Haley meets with Trump in the Oval Office without first checking with Pompeo. Instead of arriving alone, she is accompanied by Trump’s daughter and her husband.
“As best [then chief of stuff John] Kelly could tell, they were presenting a possible ‘Haley for vice-president’ option,” Pompeo wrote. “I can’t confirm this, but [Kelly] was certain he had been played, and he was not happy about it. Clearly, this visit did not reflect a team effort but undermined our work for America.”
Haley responded with a simple denial in an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier. “I don’t know why he said it, but that’s exactly why I stayed out of D.C. as much as possible, to get away from the drama,” she said, adding that she was a friend of Pence and had never discussed vice presidency with anybody in the administration.
During that same interview, she hinted at a presidential run for 2024, joining Pence and Pompeo in the ranks of potential candidates for the Republican nomination against Trump, who has already announced a White House bid for the next presidential election.
“I think we need a young generation to come in, step up and really start fixing things,” Haley said. “Can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader.”
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