Mr. Trump is already gearing up for the 2020 presidential election and there has been much speculation about what Democratic candidate should run against him and could successfully pull of a win. However, there are some GOP officials who seem to be breaking party ties or do not support Trump, and may not want to see the president in the White House for another four years.
On Monday, The Washington Post published an op-ed piece, discussing how Secretary of State Nikki Haley (R) would likely be someone who could challenge Trump in the primary election and win.
Jennifer Rubin discussed Haley’s response to the scandal surrounding Judge Kavanaugh and her appearance on NBC’s “Face The Nation,” saying:
‘Haley managed to ding the president, finger-wag at Senate Republicans and avoid criticizing Kavanaugh’s accuser, research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford — all without mentioning the president’s name or taking sides in the confirmation fight. She then continued with the foreign policy topics, adeptly surfing through issues ranging from North Korea to British compliance with Iran sanctions reimposed by the United States. It was an impressive performance, but she rarely flubs when she goes on the Sunday shows.’
On “Face The Nation,” Haley said:
‘First of all, I think it’s very important that accuser — that accusers are heard and that their story is heard, but I also think the accused needs to be heard.
‘This is a situation where the Senate really needs to lead on this, in a way that they are responsible, in a way that they are conscious of hearing both stories, and they do it quickly, for the sake of both families, and they take the politics out of it.
‘We see way too much politics in this. And I think, at the end of the day, the goal is the truth. And you do that in a way that is not with a lot of fanfare. You do it in way that is with a lot of respect. And I think that’s what everybody — and I think that’s what the American public wants to see.’
Rubin said that aside from Defense Secretary Mattis, Haley “might be the only Trump Cabinet-level official whose reputation has actually been enhanced by participation in an administration rife with corruption, racism, incompetence and meanness.”
Rubin wrote that she thinks Haley’s credentials have actually been enhanced by being part of such a corrupt, racist, and incompetent administration. Rubin wrote:
‘The former South Carolina governor now has foreign policy credentials. She also has avoided the public genuflecting toward the president practiced by so many of her peers, to their immense discredit. She has also pushed back against Trump cheerleaders when necessary, memorably responding to economic adviser Larry Kudlow’s suggestion that she was “confused” about Russia sanctions.’
Haley responded to Larry Kudlow, saying:
‘With all due respect, I don’t get confused.’
Rubin also wrote that Haley has had the advantage of being physically removed from Mr. Trump and is not afraid to stand up to him. Haley was asked if she had any role in the The New York Times anonymous op-ed piece, to which she responded:
‘If I disagree with something and believe it is important enough to raise with the president, I do it. And he listens. Sometimes he changes course, sometimes he doesn’t.’
In Rubin’s opinion, Haley should begin planning and prepare to resign in case she is approached about a 2020 run. In Rubin’s words:
‘Why take chances by hanging around until things really implode?’
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
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