Donald Trump shuts down Nikki Haley VP rumors

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Combination of Republican presidential candidate and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (L) and former US president and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, campaigning in New Hampshire on January 23, 2024.

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Donald Trump made it clear on Saturday that former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is not on his running mate shortlist, smothering rumors that his campaign had considered her as an option.

“Nikki Haley won’t be considered for the VP slot, but I wish her the best!” wrote the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party in a Truth Social post, sign the message “DJT.”

The comment came several hours later Axios reported that Haley joined the Trump campaign’s vice presidential call, citing two anonymous sources. Several media reports later repeated the rumors.

The political calculation behind a Trump-Haley ticket is clearly visible.

Haley’s wealthy donor base could help Trump solve his fundraising problems, which have been exacerbated by legal fees related to several ongoing lawsuits.

In addition, Haley, who has not yet endorsed the former president, could help win over Trump-skeptical Republican voters whom President Joe Biden’s campaign has been fighting for since Haley dropped out of the race.

Haley suspended her presidential campaign in March but is still gaining votes, including in Thursday’s primary in Indiana, where she won nearly 22% of the vote.

Despite the apparent political advantages, the bitter fight between Trump and Haley during the Republican primaries ruled out her chances for a vice presidency.

“She’s not presidential wood,” Trump said of Haley at a rally in New Hampshire in January. “If I say that now, it probably means she won’t be elected vice president.”

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For her part, Haley repeatedly said she had no interest in the vice presidential seat while she was still campaigning.

Trump’s veepstakes have received more attention in recent weeks, including from top-dollar donors looking to push their own endorsements.

Some names on the list include House Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., former GOP presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl. and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem also appeared to be a VP front-runner, although her chances appear to have dimmed amid backlash over her new memoir, which includes anecdotes about the shooting and murder of several of her family’s farm animals and a non -verified story about the meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

“I really liked her,” Trump said in an interview with Spectrum 1 News Wisconsin on Tuesday. “I don’t want to comment on anyone on the list. But she’s had a rough few days. I’ll say that.’

While all VP candidates are helping Trump’s campaign, the former president has made a final call to his future running mate.

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