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Article by Bryan Howard
December 6, 2018
President Trump and his close aid were having closed discussions about replacing his trusted Vice President Mike Pence for his 2020 presidential ticket. This story was broke by Vanity Fair about a secret meeting, where not only did they discuss removing Pence from the ticket, but replacing him with the popular Nikki Haley.
Vanity Fair Reported,
“On Monday, Trump hosted a 2020 strategy meeting with a group of advisers. Among the topics discussed was whether Mike Pence should remain on the ticket, given the hurricane-force political headwinds Trump will face, as demonstrated by the midterms, a source briefed on the session told me. “They’re beginning to think about whether Mike Pence should be running again,” the source said, adding that the advisers presented Trump with new polling that shows Pence doesn’t expand Trump’s coalition. “He doesn’t detract from it, but he doesn’t add anything either,” the source said. Last month, The New York Times reported that Trump had been privately asking advisers if Pence could be trusted, and that outside advisers have been pushing Nikki Haley to replace Pence. One veteran of Trump’s 2016 campaign who’s still advising Trump told me the president hasn’t been focused enough on 2020. “What he needs to do is consider his team for 2020 and make sure it’s in place,” the adviser said. “He has to have people on his team that are loyal to his agenda.””
Interestingly enough the Washington Examiner reported that Trump has had private meetings with Nikki Haley and no-one will declare what they discussed.
Trump initially picked Mike Pence in 2016 to include the evangelical vote due to the questions of President Trump’s moral’s. But since Republicans are having issues with the suburban vote they may be looking to go the route of Nikki Haley who will be viewed positively with the suburban woman.
If Nikki Haley replaces Pence and becomes the Vice President, she will likely win the 2024 Presidential bid and become the first female president.