READ: Nikki Haley Tweets: ‘Enough of the False Rumors. Vice President Pence…Has Been a Loyal and Trustworthy VP to the President. He Has My Complete Support.’

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.

But in attempting to dispel the rumor, she ended up reviving it, as many pointed out.

Besides, the picture the tweet accompanied doesn’t exactly give off the vibe of a “dear friend.”

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.

Not to mention, the two have had their beef in the past, as evidenced with this 2016 tweet.

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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Evan Brechtel

Evan is a writer and editor based in New York. In addition to his work with Second Nexus, he freelances for a variety of sites addressing topics of queer culture and history. You can find his other work at www.evanbrechtel.net. Twitter: @EvanBrechtel