There have been rumors about Nikki Haley potentially being Donald Trump’s running mate for the 2024 presidential election.
Mainstream outlets have pushed rumors such as these:
Axios says Elise Stefanik, JD Vance, and Nikki Haley have emerged as the top 3 on President Trump's VP list. pic.twitter.com/cSyIBQD48T
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) January 19, 2024
CBS News reported last month:
Former President Donald Trump has been asking allies and advisers for their thoughts about Nikki Haley as a potential vice presidential candidate, two sources familiar with the conversations tell CBS News.
The feedback from the MAGA crowd regarding putting Haley on the ticket if Trump wins the GOP nomination has been overwhelmingly negative, according to these GOP sources. Politico first reported that Trump allies are working to quash the possibility of a Trump-Haley ticket.
The former South Carolina governor has been gaining ground in recent polls, and a top Trump adviser tells CBS News one internal prediction is Haley might be a close third in Iowa to DeSantis, or that she could even come in second.
But Trump, in an interview Friday with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, blasted polls showing Haley performing well as “fake.” He also insisted he’s not worried about Haley as a challenger.
While rallying in Concord, New Hampshire, Donald Trump appeared to squash the rumors of Nikki Haley being chosen as his vice president.
Trump said Haley is “not presidential timber.”
“That probably means that she’s not gonna be chosen as the vice president,” he continued.
“When you say certain things, it sort of takes them out of play,” he added.
Trump says Nikki Haley is "not presidential timber":
"That probably means that she's not gonna be chosen as the vice president." pic.twitter.com/FUZj4kwHBC
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 20, 2024
“You have people who put America last and Nikki is somebody that puts America last,” Trump said.
ABC News reports:
Trump’s comments come as he has increased his attacks on his former ambassador to the United Nations as she attempts to cut into his lead in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
“I know her very well. She’s not tough enough. She’s not smart enough. And she wasn’t respected enough. She cannot do this job,” Trump said, spending much of his speech on Friday disparaging her. “She’s not going to be able to deal with President Xi. She’s not going to be able to deal with Putin.”Advertisement
On the campaign trail, Haley has avoided directly answering the question of whether she’d accept the role of vice president, answering the question with “I don’t play for second.”
“I am not running to be vice president. I have said that in every way I know possible,” Haley said at a campaign stop in Iowa earlier this month. “I don’t play for a second. I’ve never done it in my life. I’m not doing it.”
She’s also challenged the idea that Trump would be the one picking a vice president as she continues to claim there’s still a pathway to victory for her.
“I think that he’s not going to even have to worry about picking a VP. I know that I will in six months. That’s our whole goal,” Haley said during a Fox News appearance.