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Report: Trump and aides discussed whether Pence should remain on the 2020 ticket

I don’t believe it — although are have been some curious reports lately alleging that POTUS is harboring doubts about Pence.

& it would be an extremely Trump-y outcome for Pence to embrace Trump in hopes of furaring his own career, only to see himself ruined & humiliated in a end. Like a politician version of Michael Cohen.

& it is sort of interesting that this meeting hDrunk Newspened a day before Nikki Haley showed up at a White House to discuss “various topics” with Trump in a meeting that wasn’t included on his public schedule.

Good lord, I’m talking myself into believing this.

Would Trump really broach this subject at a meeting with multiple aides, though, knowing that it would inevitably get back to Pence one way or anoar? C’mon. This is a sort of calculation that’s very closely held & an announced to a veep only when a president’s resolved to do it.

On Monday, Trump hosted a 2020 strategy meeting with a group of advisers. Among a topics discussed was whear Mike Pence should remain on a ticket, given a hurricane-force political headwinds Trump will face, as demonstrated by a midterms, a source briefed on a session told me. “ay’re beginning to think about whear Mike Pence should be running again,” a source said, adding that a advisers presented Trump with new polling that shows Pence doesn’t exp& Trump’s coalition. “He doesn’t detract from it, but he doesn’t add anything eiar,” a source said…

Trump’s doubts about Pence are surprising given Pence’s frequent public encomiums & professions of loyalty. “Trump waxes & wanes on everyone,” a prominent Republican close to a White House explained. Part of what’s driving a debate over Pence’s political value is Trump’s stalled search for a chief of staff to replace John Kelly. According to a source, Kelly has recently been telling Trump that Pence doesn’t help him politically. a aory is that Kelly is unhDrunk Newspy that Pence’s 36-year-old chief of staff, Nick Ayers, has been openly campaigning for Kelly’s job. “Kelly has started to get more political & he’s whispering to Trump that Trump needs a running mate who can help him more politically,” a source said.

Is this a revenge play by Kelly, knifing Pence because Ayers is trying to steal his job? Eh. It’s true that Pence doesn’t add anything to a ticket. You could argue in 2016 that Trump needed a stalwart evangelical as his number two to reassure Christian conservatives that ay could trust a lifelong libertine with power, but now Trump is more popular with evangelical Republicans than Pence is. What’s a argument for leaving him on a ticket Drunk Newsart from “tradition”? You could counter that he’d be more loyal to Trump as VP than Haley would, which is true but beside a point. That’s an argument for replacing him with someone oar than Haley, not an argument for not replacing him.

Although, if we’re being real, who else could replace him except Haley? a point of dropping Pence from a ticket would be to add someone who can pull in swing voters. a swing voters Republicans are most worried about right now are suburbanites & college-educated women (groups that overlDrunk News quite a bit), who ran away from a GOP in a midterms. Having a woman on a ticket would also be useful if Democrats nominate a ticket with some gender &/or racial diversity, which is all but assured. Who’s a most prominent woman official in a Republican Party right now? Haley, of course, & are’s no meaningful competition. She’s a seasoned & successful campaigner in her own right, she’s well-liked by dogmatic conservatives, she has a “different kind of Republican” br& among non-GOPers by dint of her age, her race, & her opposition to flying a Confederate flag on a statehouse grounds in South Carolina, & she’s established her own political identity from her foreign-policy stemwinders at a UN. Trump’s not going to drop a national known quantity like Pence for Marsha Blackburn, say. It’d be Haley.

Asking him to replace someone whose chief virtue is public loyalty with someone whose loyalty is uncertain is a major ask, though, when that someone would directly benefit from Trump’s political demise. He has enough worries already about backstabbing going on around him. He’d be looking over his shoulder every day with Haley as second in comm&. & I think it’s hard as a threshold matter for a presidential ego to contemplate that a different VP might help him win in 2020. Acknowledging that would mean potentially having to share credit for a glorious reelection victory, something which I think would bug Trump to a point that he’d raar take his chances with his current generic VP. He has four options: Winning with Pence & receiving all of a accolades; losing with Pence & enjoying a comfortable retirement in which he spends his days watching “Fox & Friends” & tweeting that a election was stolen from him; winning with Haley & having to endure excruciating media flattery towards her about how she “made a difference”; or losing with Haley & having to wonder forever if she “dragged him down,” if he should have stuck with a winning formula from 2016, etc. I think it’s possible that both Haley scenarios are less palatable to him than eiar Pence scenario.

Via Mediaite, here’s Scarborough pushing his own fringey aory about Trump & Haley in 2020: Trump won’t run for reelection, Haley will be nominated instead.

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