Donald Trump seems to think that his daughter, Ivanka, would be the best at pretty much any job — CEO of his companies, adviser to the president, his girlfriend (remember??) — but he wants everyone to know that he’s not making her the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. You know, unless you want her to be.
The president quickly floated the idea that Ivanka would be a good choice to replace former ambassador Nikki Haley who announced her resignation from the position Tuesday morning. While many people are allegedly gunning for the First Daughter to be given the job, Trump pointed out that there’s a little thing called “nepotism” getting in the way. Darn it.
“I’ve heard a lot of names. I’ve heard Ivanka. … There’s nothing to do with nepotism, but I want to tell you, the people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite.” -Trump on speculation about who would replace Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to the UN https://t.co/7r2AuzgSLo pic.twitter.com/c0IS2V4D39
— CNN (@CNN) October 9, 2018
“I’ve heard a lot of names,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “I’ve heard ‘Ivanka.’ I’ve heard, ‘How good would Ivanka be?’
“There’s nothing to do with nepotism, but the people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite but, you know, then I’d be accused of nepotism, if you can believe it. Right? … I think Ivanka would be incredible but that doesn’t mean I’d pick her because you’d be accused of nepotism. Even though I’m not sure there’s anybody more competent in the world, but that’s okay.”
Well that seemed to settle it. Ivanka would be the best person for the job (maybe, probably not), but she wasn’t going to get it. And yet, she still felt the need to address the possibility personally. She tweeted Tuesday that she knows her father will pick a “formidable” replacement for Haley, but that it wouldn’t be her.
It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 9, 2018
Critics of Trump have already said that the positions Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner hold in the White House are verging on nepotism themselves. Ivanka’s official title is “adviser to the president” and she is frequently present at meetings with foreign leaders and diplomats. She has also represented the United States and the president at international summits during her time on the job.
Jared, on the the other hand, is even more intimately involved in the presidency. He is a “senior” adviser and has had a key roll in creating foreign policy and negotiating with foreign leaders (including on NAFTA/USMCA). Most notably, Donald Trump has tasked him with “bringing peace to the Middle East” — no small task.
Before she left, Nikki Haley said she wished more people could know about Jared Kushner’s “hidden genius” and all the other things Jared and Ivanka do behind the scenes.
Nikki Haley thanks Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, says they “do a lot of things behind the scenes that I wish more people knew about.”
— ABC News (@ABC) October 9, 2018
But yeah, U.N. ambassador is where Trump draws the nepotism line.