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Desi President? Book Says 'Ambitious as Lucifer' Nikki Haley Planning 2020 White House Run

According to Michael Wolff’s book ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’, Nikki Haley that Donald Trump will, at best, be a one-term President.

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Updated:January 6, 2018, 3:27 PM IST
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Desi President? Book Says 'Ambitious as Lucifer' Nikki Haley Planning 2020 White House Run
File image of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. (Image: Reuters)
New Delhi: Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, may be considering a White House run in 2020 when Donald Trump’s first term as President comes to an end.

If Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is to be believed, the Indian-American ex-governor of South Carolina believes that Trump will, at best, be a one-term President and she sees herself as the natural heir to the Trump administration.

Many in Trump’s inner circle have described Haley to be “as ambitious as Lucifer”, while a top Trump aide said she was “so much smarter” than Trump himself.

Haley, the first woman to hold the office of Governor of South Carolina, supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio over Donald Trump in the Republican Party’s primary race for President.

However, she was quick to move to the Trump camp after he clinched the nomination. She is said to have befriended Trump’s daughter Ivanka, which gave her access to the Trump family’s inner circle.

According to Wolff, Haley is said to have been groomed by the president in a "notable amount of private time" on Air Force One.

According to the book, Trump even considered appointing her as the Secretary of State before finally appointing her as US Ambassador to the UN, describing her as a “proven dealmaker”.

A “moderate” Republican, Haley is seen as a threat to the Trump Presidency by some of the more hardline elements within the establishment. That is, perhaps, why, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who is accused of being a White Supremacist by critics, is said to have pushed back against Haley when Trump was considering her name for Secretary of State.

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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