Kellyanne Conway promises Vice President Mike Pence 'will be on the ticket' for the election, after Nikki Haley's tweet about 'rumors'

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  • Speaking at the "Women for Trump" rally at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida on Thursday, Conway said she considered Vice President Mike Pence a good friend who "will be on the ticket" in the 2020 US presidential election.
  • What would ordinarily be a non-event was turned into one after a cryptic tweet sent by the former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Wednesday.
  • "Enough of the false rumors," Haley said in a tweet with an image of her and Pence. "Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support."
  • The unprompted tweet fueled speculation that Pence was being replaced for President Donald Trump's potential second term in the White House.
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Speaking at the "Women for Trump" rally at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida on Thursday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took the stage to curry favor with women Trump supporters.

"I'm sick and tired of hearing about women's issues, which is just a euphemism for abortion," Conway said, according to The Tampa Bay Times. "All issues are women's issues."

Then, unprompted, according to The Times, Conway said she considered Vice President Mike Pence a good friend who "will be on the ticket" in the 2020 US presidential election.

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The comment followed a cryptic tweet sent by the former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley the day before.

"Enough of the false rumors," Haley said in a tweet with an image of her and Pence. "Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support."

The tweet fueled speculation that Pence was being replaced for President Donald Trump's potential second term in the White House. Trump was previously reported to have doubts over his loyalty, a character trait he appears to hold in high regard, according to a New York Times report in November 2018.

Trump reportedly asked his advisers about Pence's loyalty numerous times, alarming some of them, The Times reported. At the time, Trump reportedly did not competely forget about then-running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's response after the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood," in which he made vulgar comments about grabbing women's genitals.

"Certain key White House aides know exactly what this is about," Bloomberg's senior White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs said in reply to Haley's tweet. "Haley almost begging reporters to explain the 'rumors.'"

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