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Nikki Haley accuses Pompeo of ‘lies and gossip to sell book’ after VP conspiracy claim | Books

Nikki Haley accuses Pompeo of ‘lies and gossip to sell book’ after VP conspiracy claim | Books

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Nikki Haley said former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claim that she planned to replace Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s vice president is “lies and gossip to sell a book.”

The former UN ambassador spoke to Fox News on Thursday night after the Guardian obtained a copy of Pompeo’s forthcoming memoir, Never Give An Inch, and reported his comments about Haley.

Haley resigned from the Trump administration in October 2018. Before that, Pompeo says, she had arranged a private meeting with Trump in the Oval Office without consulting him.

Pompeo wrote that John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff at the time, believed that Haley was actually accompanied by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as they pitched “a possible ‘Haley for vice president’ option.”

Pompeo also wrote unfavorably of Haley’s performance as UN ambassador and criticized her resignation.

Speaking to Fox News, Haley said: “I don’t know why she said it, but that’s exactly why I stayed away from DC as much as possible to escape the drama.”

She also pointed out that Pompeo says in his book that he doesn’t know if the story is true.

Haley and Pompeo are among the possible contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, a race in which Trump remains the only confirmed candidate.

But Haley looks set to run.

She told Fox News: “We’re still working on things and we’ll figure it out. I’ve never lost a race. I said it then, I say it now. I won’t lose now.”

Haley turns 51 on Friday. In a remark seemingly aimed at Joe Biden, who is 80, but also Donald Trump, who is 76, she said, “I don’t think you have to be 80 years old to be a leader in DC. I think we need a younger generation to come up and step up and really start fixing things. Can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader.

The former governor of South Carolina has attracted support from the Kushner family. She told Fox News that Kushner and his wife were her friends, though she expected them to support Ivanka’s father.

She said, “May the best woman win.”

Pence, Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and even former national security adviser John Bolton are among the other possible candidates for the Republican nomination. But two men, Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have dominated the polls so far.

On Thursday, Ben Rhodes, former foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama, wrote: “Pompeo and Haley set for real battle to see who can win 1% in Republican primary.”

Pompeo’s description of Haley’s alleged meeting with Trump ties into reports that in 2019 had Trump denying he was considering replacing Pence as vice president.

On Thursday, Maggie Haberman, New York Times reporter and author of the bestselling Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, noted that Kushner and Ivanka Trump “insisted to disbelieving colleagues and Pence allies that they had no role in the Haley/VP rumors.”

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