Just as news broke of Trump’s alleged VP shortlist, President Trump has dispelled rumors of one highly controversial potential running mate…
That’s right: He nixed the idea of Nikki Haley as his pick for vice president.
Speaking at a rally in Concord, New Hampshire, Trump said Haley wasn’t “Presidential timber” and clarified, “Now when I say that, that probably means that she’s not going to be chosen as the vice president.”
Trump dispels rumors of a Nikki Haley VP pick at rally— saying she is "not Presidential timber":
"That probably means that she's not gonna be chosen as the Vice President."
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 20, 2024
The New York Times reported:
Former President Donald J. Trump intensified his attacks against Nikki Haley on Friday, saying that she was not of presidential caliber and that, as a result, he was unlikely to choose her as his running mate.
“She is not presidential timber,” Mr. Trump said at a campaign event in Concord, N.H. “Now, when I say that, that probably means that she’s not going to be chosen as the vice president.”
Mr. Trump, known for off-the-cuff pronouncements that veer from his prepared remarks, continued by making it clear that his dismissal of Ms. Haley was not a fluke: “When you say certain things, it sort of takes them out of play, right?”
Good thing Haley doesn’t want the job in the first place.
As reports have emerged that Nikki Haley is on a short list of vice presidential candidates for former President Donald Trump, she on Friday put to rest any notions of serving again for her former boss. Read more: https://t.co/TAh0TThvw4 pic.twitter.com/H3nXR2G7Wp
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) January 19, 2024
As Bloomberg added:
Donald Trump suggested Nikki Haley was out of the running to be his vice presidential pick, as the two traded some of their sharpest barbs yet with the New Hampshire primary just four days away.
Trump at a rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on Friday evening said Haley was “OK” when serving as his UN ambassador but did not have “presidential” material. “Now when I say that, that probably means that she’s not going to be chosen as the vice president,” he added.
“She’s not tough enough. She’s not smart enough. And she wasn’t respected enough. She cannot do this job. She’s not going to be able to deal with President Xi. She’s not going to be able to deal with Putin and Kim Jong Un,” Trump said referring to the leaders of China, Russia and North Korea.
Haley served as UN ambassador under Trump and the two fell out after she announced that she would run for the Republican nomination.
Haley’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She has said before that she did not have interest in being Trump’s running mate.