A former UN ambassador retaliates against former Secretary of State as the Republican presidential primary race heats up. Mike Pompeo’s assertion that Nikki Haley planned to unseat Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s vice president was dismissed by Nikki Haley as “lies and gossip to sell a book.”
Following the Guardian’s acquisition of a copy of Pompeo’s upcoming biography, Never Give An Inch, and publication of his remarks on Haley, the former UN ambassador spoke Thursday night. In October 2018, Haley left the Trump administration. Pompeo claims that before that, she scheduled a private meeting with Trump in the Oval Office without first consulting him.
According to Pompeo, John Kelly, then Trump’s chief of staff, believed that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had been with Haley when they proposed “a possible ‘Haley for vice-president’ option.”
Additionally, Pompeo criticizes Haley’s resignation and writes unfavorably about her work as the UN ambassador.
Haley said, “I don’t know why he said it, but that’s exactly why I stayed out of DC as much as possible, to get away from the drama.”
She also emphasized Pompeo’s claim in his book that he is unsure about the integrity of the tale. Haley and Pompeo are potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, where Trump is still the only one who has formally declared his candidature.
But Haley seemed determined to run.
She told Fox News: “We are still working through things, and we’ll figure it out. I’ve never lost a race. I said that then I still say that now. I’m not going to lose now.”
Haley turns 51 on Friday. In a remark seemingly directed at Joe Biden, who is 80, and also Donald Trump, who is 76, she said: “I don’t think you need to be 80 years old to be a leader in DC. We need a young generation to step up and start fixing things. Can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader.”
The family of Kushner has expressed support for the former governor of South Carolina. She admitted to being friends with Kushner and his wife though she anticipated they would return Ivanka’s father.
She said: “May the best woman win.”
Other potential Republican nominees include Pence, senator Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and possibly the former national security adviser John Bolton. However, two men—Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis—have so far dominated the polls.
Former Barack Obama foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes wrote on Thursday that Pompeo and Haley were “Pompeo and Haley poised for a real battle to see who can crack 1% in a Republican primary.”
Pompeo’s account of Haley and Trump allegedly meeting jibed with news stories that led Trump to deny in 2019 that he had considered replacing Pence as vice president.
Kushner and Ivanka Trump “insisted to disbelieving colleagues and Pence allies that they had no role in the Haley/VP rumors,” according to New York Times writer and bestselling author Maggie Haberman, who made this observation on Thursday.
Donald Trump’s vice president would be Nikki Haley, according to the former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who claimed that this was “lies and gossip to sell a book.” After receiving a copy of Pompeo’s forthcoming memoir, Never Give An Inch, by the Guardian, the former UN ambassador discussed his remarks against Haley on Thursday night.
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