Trump Jr. Nixes Idea Of Nikki Haley Vice Presidency

Donald Trump Jr. established himself as the voice of reason this week when asked about the possibility of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley serving as his father’s running mate next year.

Speaking to Newsmax’s Eric Bolling, he poured cold water on the speculation. And he left no doubt as to why.

Trump Jr. explained, “Nikki Haley wants never-ending wars. She’s a puppet of the establishment in Washington, D.C. She’s the new favorite candidate of the billionaire class because they want control.”

The former and possibly future first son said Haley’s supporters are no different than academia and Harvard. Both, he declared, use their billions to get “someone they control.”

Haley’s gradual push up the ranks of GOP contenders has her nearly even with second-place Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. But make no mistake, she is hopelessly behind the front-running 45th president, as is the rest of the GOP field.

Trump garnered 62.5% of Republican support in the latest RealClearPolitics composite. That’s compared to 11.3% for DeSantis and 11% for Haley.

As for Trump Jr., some were likely surprised by the force he used in shooting down Haley as a potential running mate with his father. “I wouldn’t have her and I would go to great lengths to make sure that that doesn’t happen.”

The former president’s son recognized that Haley is enjoying an uptick in support. He referenced DeSantis in his critique, saying he’s “proven that he doesn’t have what it takes to be on that stage…She is now the preferred candidate.”

Another conservative stalwart, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), sharply criticized the idea of a Trump-Haley ticket. “MAGA would revolt if Nikki Haley were to even be given an internship in Trump’s next administration,” she wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Haley served as Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018. As she gained recent momentum, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and others bandied her name about as a VP contender.

CBS News reported that the 45th president sought input from some of his closest advisers recently over Haley’s potential.

But Haley herself has dismissed the idea out of hand, telling reporters “I don’t run for second.” She further diminished her chances with her pointed criticism of the former president, asserting that he is followed by “chaos and drama.”