MADAME PRESIDENT IN WAITING
Bumper stickers pining for a presidential run by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki R. Haley have been around since the 2016 election, back when she was still governor of South Carolina. Talk of such a run has emerged once again following a particularly pivotal and unprecedented event.
“Haley has been credited with helping make the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a reality. Haley played a key role in achieving what the Trump administration calls a ‘maximum pressure campaign’ on North Korea, including getting all 15 members of the United Nations Security Council to place crippling sanctions on the rogue regime,” noted a Fox News analysis, which cited Mrs. Haley’s persuasive prowess with Russian and Chinese diplomats in particular.
“I’ve actually heard a lot of people on both sides of the aisle say if we’re going to have our first female president, it could very likely be Nikki Haley,” Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov told the network.
“She’s the surprise rock star of this administration. She’s so tough and she’s so consistent. And you just know you’re not going to move her. That has been a huge strength — and a huge surprise at the U.N.,” said Fox News anchor Melissa Francis.
But just like the North Korean summit, the prospect of Mrs. Haley’s presidential run has been the subject of interpretation in the news media, particularly among journalists who believe — or wish — that there is uneasiness between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Haley. MSNBC made the case several times earlier this year.
“The juiciest gossip in that regard came from The New York Times, which, in detailing a growing feud between U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and the president, suggested there may be an unholy alliance between Haley and Vice President Mike Pence heading into 2020,” wrote Esquire magazine in April.