Nikki Haley said claims that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempted to replace Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s vice president were “lies and gossip to sell books.”
The former UN ambassador told Fox News Thursday night after The Guardian obtained a copy of Pompeo’s upcoming memoir, Never Give An Inch, and reported his comments about Hailey.
Haley resigned from the Trump administration in October 2018. Pompeo said Haley had previously arranged a private meeting with Trump in the Oval Office without confirming it.
Pompeo said that then-Trump chief of staff John Kerry was actually accompanied by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner when Haley presented the “possible ‘Make Haley Vice President’ option.” He wrote that he thought that
Pompeo also wrote negatively of Haley’s performance as UN ambassador and criticized her resignation.
“I don’t know why he said that, but that’s exactly why he stayed out of D.C. as much as possible to get away from the drama,” Haley told Fox News.
She also pointed out that Pompeo said in his book that he wasn’t sure if the story was true.
Haley and Pompeo are among the leading contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, with Trump being the only confirmed candidate in the contest.
But Haley seems ready to run away.
She told Fox News: I never lost a race. I said it then and I still say it now. I will not lose now. ”
Hailey turns 51 on Friday. In her remarks that appeared to be directed at 80-year-old Joe Biden and 76-year-old Donald Trump, she said: I think the younger generation needs to come in and step up and really start fixing things. can i be its leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader.
The former South Carolina governor is garnering support from Kushner’s family. She told Fox News that Kushner and his wife are her friends.
She said: “May the best woman win.”
Pence, Senators Ted Cruz, Senators Josh Hawley and even former National Security Advisor John Bolton are among other potential Republican nominees. and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dominate the polls so far.
On Thursday, Ben Rhodes, a former foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama, said: I have written: “Pompeo and Haley set themselves up for a real battle to decide who will break the 1% in the Republican primary.”
Pompeo’s account of Hailey’s alleged meeting with Trump matched reports in 2019 that prompted Trump to deny considering replacing Pence as vice president.
On Thursday, Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter and author of the best-selling book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, said: I got it Kushner and Ivanka Trump “argued with colleagues and Pence supporters who don’t believe they have any role in the Haley/VP rumors.”