President Donald Trump touted his daughter Ivanka Trump as an ‘incredible’ choice to be the nation’s UN ambassador – but indicated he was persuaded not to name her by inevitable chants of ‘Nepotism!’
Trump said ‘everyone’ wants the former Trump Organization executive and ‘Apprentice’ collaborator into the top foreign policy job.
The president’s daughter, who has a senior advisory role in the White House, has already taken herself out of consideration, and her appointment would likely be prohibited by anti-nepotism legislation already on the books.
‘So nice, everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador. She would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism! We have great people that want the job,’ Trump tweeted Friday morning.
Trump is being urged to name a woman to succeed Haley, and a number of prominent names have already been floated, making Trump’s decision to return to the issue of his daughter unexpected.
He got asked about Ivanka in the first hours after Haley stunned Washington with the announcement she would vacate her post.
Haley praised Ivanka during her unusual Oval Office televised meeting with Trump where her departure got announced, speaking glowingly of the president and his family, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and the president’s elder daughter.
Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands,’ she said. ‘And Ivanka has been just a great friend.’
Ivanka quickly emerged as a potential appointment to the position, as did her husband, with the president telling reporters this week, ‘I think Ivanka would be incredible.’
He immediately added: ‘I would be accused of nepotism even though I’m not sure there’s anyone more competent in the world, but that’s OK.’
Such an appointment would be unprecedented. That didn’t stop the president from inviting his daughter and son-in-law to come work for him at the White House, and it’s unlikely that it would keep him from promoting his daughter the position that would send her back to New York and heighten her profile on the world stage.
Ivanka did her best to settle speculation on Tuesday night with a tweet in which she more or less turned down the job.
Section 3110 of title 5, U.S. Code forbids a public official from appointing a relative ‘to a civilian position in the agency . . . over which [the official] exercises jurisdiction or control,’ clear-cut language that would appear to prohibit such a move. The Justice Department cited the language in a 2017 paper that argued the president was in fact able to appoint relatives to serve on his own White House staff.
The Trump Administration is considering Susan G. Komen Foundation founder Nancy Brinker to replace UN ambassador Nikki Haley, as her name joined a group of female contenders.
Haley stunned Washington with her announcement this week that she will resign her post, depriving the administration of a steady operator and a prominent female voice.