Trump Denies Rumors of Nikki Haley as Running Mate: "She's Not Presidential Timber"

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 01/20/2024
At a rally on Friday night, former president Trump denied rumors that he will choose Nikki Haley, a former United Nations ambassador, as his running mate. "She is not presidential timber," Trump said a group of supporters four days before to the New Hampshire primary. "Now listen up: if I say that, it's likely the vice president will turn out to be someone else."

He elaborated, saying, "Do you understand? I can't tell you that she isn't qualified to be vice president and then tell you, 'I'm proud to announce—'" However, things remain as they are. Give it to them straight.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who is widely believed to be one of Trump's top vice presidential contenders, was flanking him at the event when the president made his confession. She said it would be "honored" to be running mate for Trump during a press gaggle, but she wouldn't confirm or deny if she was in secret talks with the campaign of the former president. President Trump is not a topic in any of Stefanik's talks, he said. One of my friends is President Trump. It has been an honor to be his most ardent advocate and the first congressman to do so. It would be a privilege for me to be a part of the Trump administration in the future.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has teased Haley over her reluctance to take the position of running mate on Trump's campaign, despite her repeated statements that she refuses to play second fiddle when approached about the possibility.

Even Donald Trump Jr. was among some in Trump's inner circle who were against Haley becoming his running partner. "I wouldn't have her, and I would go to great lengths to make sure that doesn't happen," he told Newsmax at the end of December. He restated his position on X again on Friday night in reaction to Haley's remarks that she isn't interested in becoming anyone's vice president.

"I completely agree with your conditions.  He expressed his gratitude in a written report.

When the New Hampshire primary rolls around on Tuesday, the two frontrunners in the race will be Trump and Haley. In an effort to get their respective fan bases to the polls on election day, the two candidates will be staging a slew of events throughout New Hampshire this weekend.

Trump has several advantages as the de facto incumbent candidate, including as name recognition, financial support, and the allegiance of the GOP base. According to RealClearPolitics, he has a thirteen point advantage against Haley in New Hampshire.

At his rally, Trump humiliated Haley by bringing out fellow South Carolinian Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who had backed the previous president, to argue that the country "needed" him to bring law and order back, seal the southern border, and reduce taxes. In an effort to counter Trump's criticisms, Haley said that the president "is telling a whole lot of lies" during her Friday night rally in New Hampshire.


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