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A little before 10:30am EST, both President Donald Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders teased of big news to come from the Oval Office.
They took to Twitter to inform the public. President Trump posted:
“Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10:30am.”
Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10:30am.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2018
Which Sanders echoed.
President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley will meet in the Oval Office at 10:30am this morning. This event will be open to the pool.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 9, 2018
The announcement? United Nations Ambassador and former Republican Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley will leave her position at the UN in December.
Watch the announcement here.
However one portion of Haley’s remarks drew more attention than others from people speculating about the latest departure from the Trump administration. Haley gave effusive praise to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and people think that means something.
Watch it here.
Nikki Haley thanks Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, says they “do a lot of things behind the scenes that I wish more people knew about.”
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) October 9, 2018
So why the speculation?
People who track online activity by the Trump administration on Twitter noticed a number of new account follows by First daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump yesterday.
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) October 9, 2018
That coincidence led some to speculate on Haley’s UN replacement.
Yesterday: Ivanka Trump starts following a lot of Defense Department accounts on Twitter.
Today: Nikki Haley resigns as UN Ambassador.
Right now: Nikki Haley says, “I can’t say enough good things about Jared and Ivanka.”
Future: UN Ambassador Daddy’s Little Girl. 🙄
— Santa Claus, CEO 🎅🏻 (@SantaInc) October 9, 2018
Ivanka will be appointed to take over Nikki Haley’s UN ambassador role #Prediction
— Joe Williams (@Who_Dat1906) October 9, 2018
People quickly picked up the theory, but few gave ringing endorsements for a UN ambassador post for Trump’s eldest daughter with ex-wife Ivana.
Ivanka Trump to replace Nikki Haley? Would just prove you can buy ANYTHING in the Trump administration. https://t.co/7725nFfMiq
— Nanny Kat (@Nannykat1953) October 9, 2018
Odds on who’ll replace Nikki Haley;
Ivanka Trump 4/6
Barron Trump 5/2
Random conspiracy nut 4/1
Jeanine Pirro 8/1
Someone actually qualified 5000/1
— Mike Pence – Professional Mannequin (@JSJAJR) October 9, 2018
So this Nikki Haley thing smells and not like Chanel #5. After all the Jared and Ivanka praising by Hayley, does anyone else think trump’s going to try and install his know nothing about foreign policy daughter at the UN? We need to take the House. VOTE please
— Katherine Burchim (@Katheri56931902) October 9, 2018
“I can use scissors and a shovel. Of course, I’m qualified to be UN Ambassador!” ~ Ivanka Trump, probably
UN Ambassador pic.twitter.com/cc2pFLaJF5
— ❣️ Sassy Mouth ❣️ (@SassyMouth2012) October 9, 2018
He’s going to make Ivanka UN Ambassador. Then he’ll run her as VP in 2020. Then she’ll be president, life will finally catch up to House of Cards, and then we can cancel Netflix. What I’m saying is, in the long run, Nikki Haley quitting could save us 8 bucks a month.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) October 9, 2018
However some predicted an even larger shuffle on tap.