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Nikki Haley voices 'complete support' for Pence

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Nikki Haley warns Republicans on China: 'If they take Taiwan, it's all over' Pence slams Biden agenda in New Hampshire speech MORE on Wednesday voiced "complete support" for Vice President Pence in an attempt to knock down unspecified "false rumors" about his place on the 2020 Republican ticket.

"Enough of the false rumors. 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," Haley tweeted.

Haley, who departed the Trump administration last year, is widely considered a potential future GOP candidate for higher office. But the impetus for her tweet defending Pence was unclear.

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President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE has been asked at various times throughout his first term whether he's committed to keeping Pence as his running mate in 2020. In each instance, Trump has said yes and voiced support for Pence's role in the administration.

"I think Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceIf you care about the US, root for China to score a win in space Pence heckled with calls of 'traitor' at conservative conference The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE has been an outstanding VP," Trump said Sunday when he was asked about a possible change atop the ticket. "I think that he's been incredible in terms of the love that a lot of people — especially if you look at the evangelicals and so many others, they really have a great respect for our vice president. And so do I. And so do, I think, most people."

Trump said in a June interview with "Meet the Press" that Pence would "100 percent" be his running mate in 2020.

Haley earlier this month chided Trump after he appeared to make light of a robbery at the Baltimore home of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDemocrats plot next move after GOP sinks Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers press AbbVie CEO on increased US prices of two drugs Overnight Health Care: AstraZeneca may have included outdated data on vaccine trial, officials say | Pelosi says drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package | Biden administration extends special ObamaCare enrollment until August MORE (D-Md.). The former ambassador called the president's comment "unnecessary."

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKaren Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' Pence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign MORE shot back that Haley's commentary was unnecessary while emphasizing that the 2020 GOP ticket would be Trump and Pence.