Mike Pompeo, a former secretary of state for Donald Trump, details in his upcoming memoir what he believed was a plot to oust Mike Pence as vice president.
Pompeo said Nikki Haley, while serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, convinced then-White House chief of staff John Kelly to organize an Oval Office meeting between her and the then-president.
But Haley showed up flanked by Trump’s senior advisers, his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
“As best Kelly could tell, they were presenting a possible ‘Haley for vice-president’ option,” Pompeo wrote in excerpts of “Never Give An Inch: Fighting For The America I Love” that were published by The Guardian on Thursday.
“I can’t confirm this, but (Kelly) was certain he had been played, and he was not happy about it,” Pompeo added. “Clearly, this visit did not reflect a team effort but undermined…