Trump Says Nikki Haley Will Not Join 2020 Re-election Ticket

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times
June 27, 2019 Updated: June 27, 2019

President Donald Trump indicated on June 26 that former U.N. Ambassador, Nikki Haley, will not be joining him for the 2020 re-election ticket, saying Vice President Mike Pence is a “hundred percent.”

President Trump spoke with Maria Bartiromo on FOX Business Network on Wednesday morning.

Bartiromo asked the President about the opinion article “Trump-Haley in 2020” published in the Wall Street Journal on June 23.

“There was an op-ed in the “Journal” the other day, Mr. President, and it said basically advising you to take Nikki Haley as your running mate going into 2020. Are you locked in on Vice President Pence for 2020 or would you consider having Nikki Haley as your running mate?” the morning show host asked.

Trump said: “I love Nikki. She’s endorsed me. She’s my friend. She’s part of my campaign, but Mike has been a great vice president.”

The president said he appreciated the way Haley represented the United States at the United Nations.

“Nikki’s future’s great, but Mike Pence is the person 100 percent. Yes, we won, we won together. We have tremendous evangelical support,” he said.

President Donald Trump and the then US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley during a meeting on United Nations Reform at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 18, 2017. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump also said that he has a great relationship with Pence and he values him as a part of his team. “We have tremendous support from every angle. You can’t break up a team like that. And we get along well together,” he said.

The op-ed in the Wall Street Journal said Trump faces re-election challenges from “politically moderate suburban women, many of whom see him as divisive.”

It said that Haley was able to gain respect from diplomats around the globe for her work at the United Nations, and she was also appreciated by Americans at home.

“It’s too late for Mr. Trump to revamp his political personality. But with the 2016 election in the past, Nikki Haley on the ticket could tamp down the antipathy for Mr. Trump that seems to afflict so many moderate and Republican-leaning women. President Trump needs the prospect of a Vice President Haley to help recapture the White House,” the op-ed by Andrew Stein, a Democrat, said.

While talking with Bartiromo, Trump said, “This [op-ed] was written actually by a friend of mine.”

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