Is Trump running with a brand new VP for the 2020 election?
President Trump struck down the possibility of former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley replacing Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate in 2020 during an interview.
Trump was questioned about a latest op-ed from the Wall Street Journal, suggesting the political swap. Trump asserted his gratitude of Haley, describing her as a “friend” and noting her participation in his campaign, but dismissed the possibility of her future position as his vice president.
“I love Nikki. She’s endorsed me. She’s my friend. She’s a part of my campaign,” Trump said. “But Mike has been a great vice president. He’s a hundred percent.”
He almost teased the prospect of having Haley filling other administration roles, adding, “There’s places for Nikki and Nikki’s future is good.”
“Mike Pence is the person, a hundred percent,” Trump said. “You can’t break up a team like that … And we get along well together.”
His declaration echoed the comments he made during an appearance on Meet the PressSunday.
“When you were asked about Mike Pence in 2024 and you, and you, and you paused a minute about endorsing him as your successor, that got a lot of people going, ‘Is Mike Pence 100 percent on your ticket in 2020?’ ” Chuck Todd asked.
Trump left no room for speculation.
“One-hundred percent, yes,” Trump said, adding he was caught off guard by Todd’s question.
“I mean, you know, I’m not even thinking of it. It’s so far out. I mean, It’s so far out,” he added.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 23, 2019
Potential replacement rumors of Pence swirled after Haley resigned last fall from the administration.
“No, I’m not running for 2020,” she said at the time. “I can promise you what I’ll be doing is campaigning for this one. So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”
Trump expressed hope that she would come back in another capacity, promising that she would “have her pick.”