Trump Jr. Rejects Nikki Haley As Dad’s Running Mate

Donald Trump Jr. said he would go to “great lengths” to block GOP presidential candidate and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley from being the running mate on the ticket with his father, former President Donald Trump, in an interview on Newsmax’s “The Balance” Monday.

During the Christmas Day interview, Trump Jr. criticized Haley as the “preferred candidate” of the establishment. “I wouldn’t have her on, and I would go to great lengths to make sure that that doesn’t happen,” Trump Jr. said.

“Nikki Haley wants never-ending wars,” he said. “She’s a puppet of the establishment in Washington D.C. She’s the new favorite candidate of the billionaire class because they want control — no different than academia at Harvard and using, you know, their billions to exercising influence. They want someone they control [ … ] She’s now the preferred candidate.”

He went on to suggest she would sabotage his campaign if placed on the ticket with Trump, “By the way, all you’d get is her and team trying to destroy Donald Trump from within, forever. The second she ever got that, you know, anointment, it would be a disaster of epic proportions. So, I would hope that never is on the table, and I don’t think it is.”

GOP presidential nomination rival and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) recently attacked Haley during a campaign stop in New Hampshire for dodging the question of whether she would run on a ticket with Trump in 2024: “She will not answer directly, and she owes you an answer to this. Will she accept a vice presidential nomination from Donald Trump? Yes or no?”

Haley said, in response, she has no plans to run as Trump’s vice president, saying, “I don’t run for second.” She also criticized Trump, saying that “chaos and drama” follow him. But Trump has reportedly asked his advisors about Haley running with him and serving as vice president. Haley served as his U.N. ambassador from 2017 to 2018.

“I would not only not vote for that ticket, I would advocate against it as strongly as I could,” former Fox News host Tucker Carlson said earlier this month in an interview with conservative podcaster Tim Pool. “That’s just poison,” Carlson added as he castigated Haley as “not left, but [ … ] neoliberal in the darkest, most [ … ] nihilistic way.”