WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he believes his daughter and adviser Ivanka would be an incredible US ambassador to the United Nations, but if he appointed her to the post he’d be accused of nepotism.
“I’ve heard a lot of names. I’ve heard Ivanka. I’ve heard how good would Ivanka be... Ivanka would be dynamite,” Trump told reporters at the White House before getting on a helicopter to Iowa.
Nonetheless, the president said he didn’t want to be accused of “nepotism” for appointing his daughter to such an important post.
“But, you know, I’d then be accused of nepotism, if you can believe it, right?” he said.
The current US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley started the speculation about Ivanka during the same press conference at the White House this Tuesday when she announced her intention to resign at the end of the year, and was full of good things to say about Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.
“Ivanka has just been a great friend,” Haley said.
“I can’t say enough good things about Jared and Ivanka. Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands,” she added.
Trump said Haley had told him of her plans to leave the Cabinet post several months ago.
“She’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve done a fantastic job together,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Though Trump said he knew about Haley’s decision months ago when she expressed her wish to serve a term of just two years, the announced departure of one of the strongest officials in the current administration came as a surprise to Washington this Tuesday.
Haley has been a key player in the current administration and became an efficient executor of Trump’s isolationist policies from her seat in the United Nations.
Meanwhile the conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted that “Trump should replace Nikki Haley with Ivanka,” and Twitter quickly filled up with messages in that regard.
Nonetheless, the possibility appears remote because of existing laws against nepotism that would probably affect Ivanka’s appointment to the United Nations, which requires confirmation by the Senate, an unnecessary step for the informal position she currently holds in the White House.
On the other hand, Trump said one possibility for the UN post is Dina Powell, his foreign policy adviser during his first year in office and who is very close to Ivanka.
Other names being mentioned for the position are the US ambassadors to Canada, Kelly Craft, and to Germany, Richard Grenell, who sparked controversy in Berlin this year by stating that he planned to support European far-right groups from the US Embassy.