Trump Says Daughter Ivanka Would Be a ‘Dynamite’ UN Ambassador, but She Says ‘It Won’t Be Me’


President Donald Trump thinks his daughter Ivanka Trump would make an “incredible” successor to Nikki Haley after her resignation as his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.


Haley will be leaving her position at the end of the year, was one of Trump’s most trusted advisers and served as the 29th U.S. ambassador to the U.N. after she was confirmed in January 2017.

“I’ve heard a lot of names. I’ve heard Ivanka. How good would Ivanka be?” the president told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday. “I think Ivanka would be incredible, but it doesn’t mean I’d pick her. Because I’d be accused of nepotism even though I’m not sure there’s anybody more competent in the world.”

Trump added, “There’s nothing to do with nepotism. But I want to tell you, the people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite. But then I’d be accused of nepotism, if you can believe it right?”

Shortly after, Ivanka responded to her father’s recommendation, tweeting, “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.”

Earlier in the day, the mother of two also tweeted about Haley’s resignation, writing, “Ambassador Haley has served America with dignity + distinction. She is a bold reformer and has been an unwavering champion of truth, principled realism and integrity within the United Nations. Jared and I are grateful for her friendship — a true blessing in our lives!”

During his conversation with reporters, the president said he is considering “numerous people” including his former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, whom he said “is under consideration,” adding, “We actually have many names. I can say many people want to do it and they want to do it.” In addition, he revealed he expects to name a replacement for Haley in the next “two to three weeks.”


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