Pompeo eviscerates Nikki Haley, accuses her of plotting with Ivanka and Kushner in VP scheme, new book claims

From the sounds of it, former Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is no fan of Nikki Haley.

Set for release next week is his latest memoir, “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love.”

According to The Guardian, which received an advance copy of the book, contained within it is a stunning accusation about then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

In the book, Pompeo specifically accuses her of having once plotted with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump “to be named vice-president.”

“Describing his own anger when Haley secured a personal Oval Office meeting with Trump without checking with him, Pompeo writes that Haley in fact ‘played’ Trump’s then chief of staff, John Kelly, and instead of meeting the president alone, was accompanied by Trump’s daughter and her husband, both senior advisers,” The Guardian reported Thursday.

Writing in his own words, Pompeo opined, “As best Kelly could tell, they were presenting a possible ‘Haley for vice-president’ option. I can’t confirm this, but [Kelly] was certain he had been played, and he was not happy about it. Clearly, this visit did not reflect a team effort but undermined our work for America.”

This bombshell accusation would explain the rumor that emerged around 2019 that then-President Donald Trump was considering replacing then-Vice President Mike Pence with someone like Haley.

It would also explain Haley’s unusual ties to Jared and Ivanka. In July of 2021, Kushner’s father, Charles, hosted a private fundraising lunch for Haley.

“Charles Kushner, father of Jared Kushner and father-in-law of Ivanka Trump, hosted a fundraising event for Nikki Haley and speculated about the former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador becoming president,” The Times of Israel reported at the time.

“The elder Kushner predicted Haley would be ‘the first woman president’ and guests donated to her political action committee. Haley has said she will announce her decision about whether to run in 2024 early in 2023,” according to the Times.

Dovetailing back to Pompeo’s book, in it he’s reportedly “studiedly respectful in his descriptions of Pence, a self-proclaimed fellow devout Christian, and mostly of Trump himself.”

“Unlike Pence in his memoir, So Help Me God, Pompeo avoids overt criticism of his former boss. Pompeo is also more comfortable with the former president’s often vulgar language,” The Guardian noted.

For example, he nonchalantly describes a time when Trump called former National Security Adviser John Bolton a “scumbag loser.” If anything, Pompeo appeared to share this opinion.

“Pompeo fires salvos Bolton’s way, at one point comparing him to Edward Snowden, who leaked surveillance secrets to the media in 2013, but saying the National Security Agency contractor ‘at least had the decency not to lie about his motive.’ Bolton, Pompeo writes, should ‘be in jail, for spilling classified information.’ Pompeo also says he hopes one day to testify at Bolton’s trial on criminal charges,” according to The Guardian.

As for Haley, Pompeo not only trots out accusations against her — he also trash-talks her, at one point going so far as to trash her role as U.N. ambassador as “a job that is far less important than people think.”

“She has described her role as going toe-to-toe with tyrants. If so, then why would she quit such an important job at such an important time?” he wrote, referencing the time she “flat-out threw in the towel” in October of 2018 and “abandoned” Trump.

The final bombshell reported by The Guardian is Pompeo’s admission that Trump had once sought for him to both be the secretary of state and secretary of defense at the same time.

“According to Pompeo, on 19 July 2020, midway through the tempestuous summer of the coronavirus pandemic and protests for racial justice, Trump’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told him [that then-Defense Secretary] Mark Esper was ‘not going to make it’ at the Pentagon for much longer,” according to The Guardian.

“Pompeo says Meadows told him Trump wanted his secretary of state to ‘dual hat,’ meaning to ‘take on leading the department of defense as an additional duty.’ Pompeo says he told Meadows that was ‘a nutty idea’ as he had ‘plenty’ to do at state and ‘couldn’t possibly command defense at the same time.'”

Apparently, Trump had also once sought for him to serve as both secretary of state and national security advisor at the same time.

“President Trump pitched the idea to me. I think he was half-kidding,” Pompeo wrote.

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