WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump says his daughter Ivanka would be incredible as an ambassador to the United Nations if he appointed her to replace outgoing Ambassador Nikki Haley, but he would face accusations of nepotism.
“I want to tell you, the people know that Ivanka would be dynamite. But, you know, Id then be accused of nepotism, if you can believe it,” Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart the White House for a campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday.
“I think Ivanka would be incredible,” he said. “Youd be accused of nepotism, even though Im not sure theres anybody more competent in the world.”
Sitting with Haley in the Oval Office of the White House earlier in the day, Trump confirmed that she would leave at the end of the year, saying she wants to take a break from public service.
The US president said Haley informed him about her intentions six months ago, adding that the outgoing ambassador would help him make the final pick for her replacement.
Trump said he was considering several candidates for Haley’s job and that the next US ambassador would be named in two or three weeks.
Before departing the White House for Iowa, Trump said he was looking at Dina Powell to succeed Haley. Powell previously served as the US presidents deputy national security adviser and focused on Middle East policy, but left the administration at the beginning of this year.
CNN once called her Ivanka Trump’s woman in the White House.
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