After outgoing Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley lavished praise on Ivanka Trump Tuesday, speculation that President Donald Trump might appoint his daughter as the next ambassador began circulating on social media.
According to Mercury News, the president said although Ivanka would be “great” as ambassador, she was not under consideration for the role, lest he be accused of “nepotism”.
> But it’s questionable whether Trump’s statement will silence concerns about Ivanka Trump’s role in Haley’s resignation, in part because she only has her White House job because her father is president. Washington Post writer Aaron Blake also noted the “odd” timing of Haley’s announcement, so soon before the mid-term elections, saying it raises questions about behind-the-scenes machinations involving various possibilities.
Haley also spoke well of Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, as she sat next to the president in the Oval Office Tuesday.
> “Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands,” Haley said, referencing his work on renegotiating NAFTA and on other trade deals.
> “Ivanka has just been a great friend,” Haley added, saying that the first daughter and Trump’s son-in-law do more behind the scenes in the administration than people know. However, Haley did not offer specific examples. She would only say, “We are a better country because they’re in the administration.”
That either of Trump’s senior advisers could be hoping to land Haley’s job is not out of the realm of possibilities.
> [T]he idea of Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner becoming the next U.N. ambassador sparked plenty of commentary on Twitter, reminding some users of a “House of Cards” episode or even of despots who find jobs around the United Nations for family members and political allies.
> Michael McFaul, the Stanford University professor who served as ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, was among those who employed a mixture of snark and anger to express alarm:
Others chimed in as well:
And The Washington Examiner’s Dave Brown noted that Ivanka appeared to begin following several Defense Department Twitter accounts on Monday: