Trump denies rumors he could replace Pence with Nikki Haley on 2020 ticket

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US Vice President Mike Pence listens while US President Donald Trump speaks during a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony for Roger Penske in the Oval Office of the White House October 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Pence “is our man 100 percent,” the US president said.

President Donald Trump on Friday shot down rumors that he’s looking to replace Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate for the 2020 election.

In a nearly hour-long interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said that Pence “is our man 100 percent,” dismissing whispers about potentially swapping Pence out for former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on the ticket in the upcoming year.

“Mike Pence is a great vice president,” Trump said, adding that Haley would “absolutely” be involved in his campaign no matter what, offering praise for the rare former member of his administration he remains on good terms with and suggesting she’s likely enjoying her time in the private sector.

“She is a friend of mine, she endorsed me with the most beautiful endorsement you’ve ever heard. She did a great job at the U.N.,” Trump explained.

Rumors that Trump might replace Pence with Haley on the 2020 ticket have percolated for some time, especially as the Trump campaign looks to make headway with suburban women voters that moved away from the party in the 2018 midterms and continued to do so in local elections earlier this month.

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has widely been viewed as a top contender for the White House — as has Pence — should she decide to run in 2024. Though she’s tiptoed around questions about her national aspirations, the buzz has caused friction with members of Pence’s team, who have blamed her for the rumors.

Trump acknowledged the whispers, and while he didn’t deny that she would be “great,” Trump said he would continue to stand by Pence.

“Nikki would be great, but Mike Pence has done a phenomenal job as our vice president. He is our guy, he is my friend,” Trump concluded.

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