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Nikki Haley voices 'complete support' for Pence

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNew administration, House turnover raise prospects for more diversity on K Street Republicans need a good woman for 2024 Trump told advisers he could announce 2024 bid shortly after certification of Biden win: report 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 TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 PenceLoeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Pence campaigns in Georgia as Trump casts shadow on runoffs 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 Cummings'Kamala' and 'Kobe' surge in popularity among baby names Women of color flex political might Black GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview MORE (D-Md.). The former ambassador called the president's comment "unnecessary."

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? MORE shot back that Haley's commentary was unnecessary while emphasizing that the 2020 GOP ticket would be Trump and Pence.