Scarborough predicts 'Trump won't seek reelection,' Haley could run instead

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough predicted Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE "won't seek reelection in 2020," floating the possibility that his outgoing ambassador to the United Nations, who announced her resignation the day before, could mount a White House bid.

"There's always been talk about Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyJuan Williams: Why does Trump fear GOP voters? Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months MORE running, possibly running, in 2020," Scarborough said on “Morning Joe.” "If my theory holds, Donald Trump won't seek reelection."

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"And this way, she's not lining up behind [Vice President] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Majority of voters say federal officials staying at Trump hotels is a conflict of interest Trump names finalists for national security adviser MORE," the former GOP congressman continued. "She's getting out in front of everything. And if you get out before the midterm elections, which could possibly go pretty badly, well, then that stain's not on you [because] you were already on your way out."

This is not the first time Scarborough has predicted a 2020 presidential run for the former South Carolina governor. In April, the morning host predicted Haley would defeat Trump in the GOP primary if he did seek reelection.

“I think Nikki Haley would beat Donald Trump,” Scarborough said. "I think if she ran in 2020 she would have a very good chance of being the first woman president of the United States.”  

On Tuesday, Haley denied having any plans to seek the Oval Office in 2020.

"No, I'm not running for 2020," Haley, 46, told reporters while seated next to the president in the Oval Office. 

"I can promise you what I'll be doing is campaigning for this one," she added. "So, I look forward to supporting the president in the next election."