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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 TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE will replace Vice President Pence with 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 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."

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"I think Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence heckled with calls of 'traitor' at conservative conference The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? 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 McCainOvernight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West Five takeaways from the Biden-Putin summit 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 TillersonHouse passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet With salami-slicing and swarming tactics, China's aggression continues 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.