Trump Rules Out Nikki Haley As Running Mate Amid Speculation Of Convention Coup

Donald Trump has dismissed reports that he is considering former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as his running mate in the November election amid speculation that she may be planning a coup to seize the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s national convention in July.

Trump’s statement on his Truth Social platform came in response to a report by news site Axios that suggested he could pick Haley if convinced she would help him win the presidency avoid prison and cover legal bills.

“Nikki Haley is not under consideration for the V.P. slot but I wish her well!” Trump wrote. Haley suspended her presidential campaign in March but recently met with former donors in Charleston South Carolina fueling concerns among Republican leaders that she may be plotting to challenge Trump for the nomination.

The controversy began when Haley’s brother Mitti Randhawa posted a photo on X (formerly Twitter) with the caption “The support is real! Nikki Haley for President! Milwaukee here we come!” and replied to a question from investigative journalist Laura Loomer about whether Haley was “planning a coup against Trump at the convention” by saying “Yup what the actual hell! Deal with it. It’s happening Sis!”

The Trump campaign reportedly contacted Haley’s team about Randhawa’s posts but a staffer brushed off the communication, saying, “I’m sure the Trump family has done the same to Nikki Haley.”

There is already a long list of potential candidates for the vice president position, including several governors, senators and a U.S. representative — Trump has little reason to consider Haley.