A new report from Vanity Fair suggests that President Trump is considering replacing Vice President Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket.
A source told the reporter at Vanity Fair that the speculation stems from a 2020 strategy meeting with a group of advisers on Monday where the President discussed “whether Mike Pence should remain on the ticket, given the hurricane-force political headwinds Trump will face, as demonstrated by the midterms.”
So who would replace the former Indiana governor? That’s not entirely clear but that source alluded to Nikki Haley, saying that outside advisers have been pushing for her to replace the current VP.
From Vanity Fair:
“They’re beginning to think about whether Mike Pence should be running again,” the source said, adding that the advisers presented Trump with new polling that shows Pence doesn’t expand Trump’s coalition. “He doesn’t detract from it, but he doesn’t add anything either,” the source said. Last month, The New York Times reported that Trump had been privately asking advisers if Pence could be trusted, and that outside advisers have been pushing Nikki Haley to replace Pence. One veteran of Trump’s 2016 campaign who’s still advising Trump told me the president hasn’t been focused enough on 2020. “What he needs to do is consider his team for 2020 and make sure it’s in place,” the adviser said. “He has to have people on his team that are loyal to his agenda.”
“Trump waxes and wanes on everyone,” a prominent Republican close to the White House explained. Part of what’s driving the 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. The theory is that Kelly is unhappy 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 and he’s whispering to Trump that Trump needs a running mate who can help him more politically,” the source said.
It’s all just speculation at this point and the White House hasn’t responded to Vanity Fair’s requests for comment but it would be a HUGE shake-up in the administration if President Trump decided to run with someone else.