President Donald Trump is reportedly asking advisors if Vice President Mike Pence is still loyal to him, prompting many to wonder whether the president is considering replacing Pence as his running mate in 2020.
As The New York Times reports:
“In recent weeks, with his electoral prospects two years from now much on his mind, Mr. Trump has focused on the person who has most publicly tethered his fortunes to him. In one conversation after another he has asked aides and advisers a pointed question:
Is Mike Pence loyal?”
The buzz reportedly began last week during a press conference after the midterms when Trump was asked if he planned on keeping Pence on the ticket.
“Mike, will you be my running mate?” Trump asked Pence, who nodded affirmatively. “Will you? Thank you. O.K., good,” the president said. “That was unexpected, but I feel very fine.”
But it appears Pence’s assurances aren’t enough to convince Trump that he holds the confidence of the vice president.
“The president has not openly suggested dropping Mr. Pence from the ticket and picking another running mate,” the Times noted, “but the advisers say those kinds of questions usually indicate that he has grown irritated with someone.”
Hogan Gidley, the White House deputy press secretary, also denied that Trump wants to drop Pence from the ticket.
“The president absolutely supports the vice president,” Gidley said, “and thinks he’s doing an incredible job helping to carry out the mission and policies of this administration.”
And while Trump has reportedly not named his preferred replacement for Pence, one name has popped up in speculation: Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
Especially outside the White House, Nikki Haley is mentioned as someone who could take Pence’s place. But Haley’s recent Al Smith Dinner roast was originally harsher than the version she gave. https://t.co/wXuwZR7vl7
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 16, 2018
I believe Nikki Haley would be a much more formidable choice for VP, which is why I hope Trump sticks with Pence, who has the personalty and charisma of a fruit fly. https://t.co/ylDoWVopsH
— James Moody (@jmoody166) November 16, 2018
Nikki Haley is going to be a VP first and then will run and win the Presidency.
She has real world, " I know that countries leader " expierience that can't be matched and no trail of death like the Clinton 's.
You go gurl. ! https://t.co/ZVa36qGGxm
— Mike. (@Bronxcitizen) November 16, 2018
But some are skeptical.
@nikkihaley is a smart lady and an astute political operator. She has plans of her own to run one day. Why would she hitch her wagon to @realDonaldTrump and have to spend 4 years kissing his ring like @VP? She could just primary him.
— Don’t Doxx Me (@doxx_t) November 16, 2018
The funniest thing is they think Nikki Haley will be a better choice for VP! She’s SO ambitious & won’t totally be his stooge so she’s wayyyyy more likely to stage a 25th Amendment type of coup!
— VeniceForTruth (@VeniceForHRC) November 16, 2018
I don’t think @nikkihaley will become trump @VP for 2020.
1. She wants to become president and being *Trumps* vp would make it very hard (like Hilary after Obama everyone looked at her as Obama 2.0) she wants to be Independent from trump.
— Opnion Pundit (@OpnionPundit) November 16, 2018
Haley resigned her post in October and maintains a close relationship with Trump, and nominating her as a running mate could be a tactic to help Trump with women voters.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, is a darling of the right, though she has denied any interest in seeking nation’s highest office in 2020 – for now.
Twitter loves the drama.