“On more than one occasion, Trump has discussed with staff the possibility of dropping Vice President Pence in advance of the 2020 election,” the official writes.

“Although Mr. Pence has been loyal to a fault, the president is always eager to ‘shake things up,’ and Trump’s view of loyalty, of course, is self-serving to the extreme,” they write.

According to the anonymous official, Haley’s name had been floated as the ideal candidate to “step in as vice president.”

Some of Trump’s closest advisers had suggested that Haley, who officially stepped down from her role at the end of 2018, might “help shore up the president’s unpopularity with women,” the senior official writes, adding that such logic only “demonstrates how little this White House understands women in the first place.”