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Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., stands with Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales as they give statements after their meeting at the National Palace of Culture in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 28. AP Photo/Luis Soto

Former Republican congressman and MSNBC morning talk show host Joe Scarborough made a bold prediction Tuesday morning.

"I think Nikki Haley would beat Donald Trump," Scarborough said shortly after a news segment on President Trump's decision Monday to put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia. That decision represented a shift from a Sunday announcement by the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

"I actually think if she ran in 2020 -- and this is not me making trouble, it's really not -- I think if she ran in 2020 she would have a very good chance of being the first woman president of the United States."

Scarborough, who represented the state of Florida in Congress from 1995 to 2001 and now hosts “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, went on to praise Haley for "standing up for American values" and supporting foreign policy philosophies espoused by former President Ronald Reagan.

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"What an extraordinary story," Scarborough said. "An immigrant family coming to this country and actually proving Donald Trump wrong on all counts."

Haley, who twice was elected governor of South Carolina before leaving to join the Trump administration, isn't new to such discussion. Major media organizations, including CNN, Fox News and Vox, have written speculative stories about a future run for the presidency.

"Suddenly, she has to win New Hampshire or Iowa and she wins two of the big three," he finished.