Nikki Haley voices 'complete support' for Pence

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyHaley: Political climate, media hysteria wouldn't allow Confederate flag to come down in SC today Goldman Sachs employees protest event featuring Haley after Confederate flag remarks Presidential candidates serving in the Senate must recuse themselves from impeachment proceedings 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 John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day 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 PenceMark Levin calls Trump 'first Jewish president' Pence: It's not a 'foregone conclusion' that lawmakers impeach Trump Pence's office questions Schiff's request to declassify more material from official's testimony: report 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 CummingsCongressional investigation finds Coast Guard leadership fell short on handling bullying Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list Impeachment can't wait MORE (D-Md.). The former ambassador called the president's comment "unnecessary."

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayMLB removing marijuana from list of banned substances Grocery store behind viral reusable bag at impeachment hearing offers 'free briefcase' promotion Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe MORE shot back that Haley's commentary was unnecessary while emphasizing that the 2020 GOP ticket would be Trump and Pence.