Nikki Haley acted as President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador for just under two years before resigning, amiably, from the administration.
Considered one of the more moderate Republicans who've worked for Trump, many have speculated that Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, will inevitably take a higher office. Perhaps high enough to be a heartbeat from the presidency.
Wall Street Journal opinion columnist Andrew Stein urged Trump to replace Pence with Haley on the 2020 ticket back in June. Oprah Magazine referred to her as Trump's "rumored 2020 Vice President." For his part, Trump has repeatedly assured that Pence will be under him on the 2020 ballot, and flat out said that Haley wouldn't be his VP nominee.
Now, months later, Haley addressed the rumors herself in a tweet.
Enough of the false rumors. Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and… https://t.co/JGa2YNX5Sf— Nikki Haley (@Nikki Haley)1566417931.0
But in attempting to dispel the rumor, she ended up reviving it, as many pointed out.
@NikkiHaley Fastest way to build steam for a rumor is to tweet about a rumor nobody knew existed. Do tell.— Carl Spackler (@Carl Spackler)1566419295.0
@NikkiHaley Looks like you are trying to start one.— TruBlu🌊 (@TruBlu🌊)1566419580.0
@NikkiHaley Isn't this kind of how false rumors become rumors, and self serving people believe they're going undete… https://t.co/FFeh5765QJ— name here (@name here)1566421420.0
@baddusacid @NikkiHaley Not when you're trying to make it happen.— Charles Van Thune (@Charles Van Thune)1566420491.0
Besides, the picture the tweet accompanied doesn't exactly give off the vibe of a "dear friend."
@NikkiHaley Thank you for saying this while posting a photo that looks like two parents only staying together for the kids— Mike Drucker (@Mike Drucker)1566419143.0
@NikkiHaley Indeed, this is the picture I would choose to demonstrate a dear friendship— Ned Pyle (@Ned Pyle)1566419951.0
Not to mention, Haley criticized Trump's Twitter rants about the city of Baltimore, Maryland and its Democratic Congressman, Elijah Cummings, last month. It's likely disqualifying because, as we've learned with Scaramucci and other Trump administration members, only unflinching loyalty will keep one in Trump's good graces.
@realDonaldTrump This is so unnecessary. 🙄— Nikki Haley (@Nikki Haley)1564760714.0
Not to mention, the two have had their beef in the past, as evidenced with this 2016 tweet.
The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1456860800.0
But if there's one way to spread a rumor it's to insist it isn't true. We'll see how it works out for Haley.
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