Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are Pushing Trump to Dump Mike Pence As 2020 Running Mate
Wow, Mike Pence’s humiliation knows no bounds.
According to a new report from Yahoo News‘ Tom LoBianco, who has an upcoming book about Pence, “tensions have been mounting” between Trump and Pence, who’ve always been a bit of an odd couple.”
LoBianco writes that Trump asked aides about potentially replacing Pence on the 2020 ticket following the GOP’s heavy losses last November, and again “asked their thoughts on Pence” during his vacation last month at his golf course in New Jersey.
Additionally, there have been rumors that Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner want to replace Pence on the ticket with a woman to “help win back the suburbs.”
A potential candidate for that could have been former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, but, well, that’s probably not going to happen.
Enough of the false rumors. Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support. ❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/waPyQjC8Eb
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) August 21, 2019
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However a senior White House official bristled at the idea the power couple were operating to remove Pence, who is believed to have possible ambitions to run for president in 2024.
“This story has been shopped in multiple forms to multiple media outlets but was never run by the others because the sourcing didn’t hold up or withstand scrutiny. It is false,” the official said.
Ivanka Trump continues to maintain a high profile in the administration, traveling to South America along with a senior State Department official this week.
Trump last month said Pence had been an “outstanding” vice president, and pointed to his support among Evangelicals.
“I think that he has been incredible in terms of the love that a lot of people – especially if you look at the evangelicals and so many others, they really have a great respect for the vice president, and so do I. And so do I think most people,” Trump said.
This little snippet from Yahoo was also quite funny:
One former adviser to Trump and Pence noted that Trump would more warmly embrace the vice president in public if Pence simply announced that he wasn’t planning a run for president. Trump, the former adviser noted, hates aides who display more ambition than him.
“All of this would go away if he announced he wasn’t running for president in 2024,” the former adviser said.