Nikki Haley raised eyebrows by denying rumors that she was angling to replace Vice President Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate in 2020, and now there’s some new reporting on what’s behind that chatter.
The former United Nations ambassador and South Carolina governor tweeted out a denial of “false rumors” — which hadn’t seemed to have spread beyond the White House — that she wanted to join Trump on the ticket.
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
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan told MSNBC’s “First Look” that the president’s daughter and son-in-law had discussed the possibility of replacing Pence with Haley, who instead has signed on as a “special guest” at a Trump-Pence fundraising retreat in the fall.
“It was somewhat of a relief to some people in the administration who’ve been very wary of her intentions,” Swan said, “and as ambassador Haley said herself, rumors have been circulating that she had designs on replacing Pence on the ticket.”
“Certainly, there have been a number of people telling people in the White House, including the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, that Nikki Haley would be a politically smart choice to replace Pence,” Swan added. “So this is partly why a lot of these rumors have been circulating.”
West Virginia mail carrier busted for helping GOP by tampering with absentee ballot requests
A mail carrier in West Virginia is facing jail time after he was caught tampering with absentee ballot requests in a way that suppressed turnout in local Democratic primary elections.
BuzzFeed News reports that 47-year-old Thomas Cooper pleaded guilty this week to attempting to defraud the residents of West Virginia of a fair election when he switched West Virginia residents' ballot requests from Democratic to Republican ballots.
Cooper altered a total of eight different ballot requests, although he told investigators that he did it "as a joke" and didn't mean to cause any harm. Cooper's attorney, Scott Curnutte, similarly told BuzzFeed News that Cooper's actions had just been a "silly lark."
France investigates report of bodies ‘left to rot’ at Paris research centre
French investigating magistrates will probe claims that human corpses donated for science were left to rot and be eaten by rats at a university research facility, the Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday.
A probe into "violations of the integrity of a corpse" was handed over to the magistrates by prosecutors who handled the initial phase of the investigation after l'Express magazine reported the scandal last November.
Dutch ‘golden age’ statue stirs ghosts of colonial past
The statue of a Dutch 17th century colonialist has become a flashpoint for the debate in the Netherlands on its past of slavery and colonization in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests.
For some, the sculpture of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, a key official in the Dutch East India Company considered a national hero for colonising what is now Indonesia, is a memorial to the Dutch "Golden Age".
Traditionalists, like populist eurosceptic leader Thierry Baudet, have laid flowers at the foot of the statue in the port town of Hoorn to show support after several statues of historical figures were damaged in the Netherlands.