Steve Schmidt: 'Overwhelming chance that Trump will dump Pence' for Haley

MSNBC contributor and GOP strategist Steve Schmidt said Tuesday that he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE will replace Vice President Pence with 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 his 2020 reelection ticket.

Schmidt said on "Morning Joe" that Haley has been angling to replace Pence on the 2020 ticket by defending the president in the press in recent days as she promotes her upcoming memoir "With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace."

ADVERTISEMENT

"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 is probably hanging out back there, thinking, ‘Hey, I got 1 in 365 chance at picking the day that Trump’s going to dump me from the ticket and put her on some time in the next year,' " Schmidt said.

"She wants to be vice president. She wants to be vice president on the Republican ticket in 2020. And I think there’s an overwhelming chance that Trump will dump Pence to put Nikki Haley on the ticket because he has an enormous problem with women. Suburban women, particularly," he continued.

A poll released by The Hill on Monday showed Trump with his lowest approval rating among women in more than a year.

Schmidt, who served as a senior adviser to former Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Budowsky: Would John McCain back impeachment? MORE's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential bid, added that Haley would serve Trump's "immediate political interests" in a way that Pence would not heading in to the 2020 election.

“He’s entirely transactional. Loyalty is a one-way street. And so she’s clearly angling for the job, and when you look at the politics of it, she would serve his immediate political interests in a way that Pence can’t. So I would suggest that he’s going to be gone and she’ll be in," he said.

Haley has made headlines in recent days with a claim made in excerpts of her memoir published by The Washington Post that former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonReport: Trump UK ambassador fired deputy for mentioning Obama in speech Overnight Defense: Ex-Navy secretary slams Trump in new op-ed | Impeachment tests Pompeo's ties with Trump | Mexican president rules out US 'intervention' against cartels Pompeo-Trump relationship tested by impeachment inquiry MORE and former chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE sought to "undermine" Trump in the White House and approached her about working around the president.

Tillerson denied the charge on Monday, while the White House has remained silent on the claims made in Haley's book. Trump has previously denied that he is considering replacing Pence for his 2020 reelection bid.

“I love Nikki. She’s endorsed me. She’s my friend. She’s a part of my campaign. But Mike has been a great vice president. He’s a hundred percent,” Trump told Fox Business Network earlier this year.