MADAME PRES­I­DENT IN WAIT­ING

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

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.

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