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 trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support. ❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/waPyQjC8Eb
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) August 21, 2019
But in attempting to dispel the rumor, she ended up reviving it, as many pointed out.
Fastest way to build steam for a rumor is to tweet about a rumor nobody knew existed. Do tell.
— Carl Spackler (@AGCarlSpackler) August 21, 2019
Looks like you are trying to start one.
— TruBlu (@ealight461) August 21, 2019
Isn't this kind of how false rumors become rumors, and self serving people believe they're going undetected in serving themselves?
— name here (@breaddrink1) August 21, 2019
Not when you're trying to make it happen.
— Charles Van Thune (@CharlesVanThune) August 21, 2019
Besides, the picture the tweet accompanied doesn’t exactly give off the vibe of a “dear friend.”
Thank you for saying this while posting a photo that looks like two parents only staying together for the kids
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) August 21, 2019
Indeed, this is the picture I would choose to demonstrate a dear friendship
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) August 21, 2019
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.
This is so unnecessary. 🙄
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) August 2, 2019
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 (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2016
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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