Updated on August 22nd, 2019
The New York Times reported Saturday that a scenario had been proposed by which Ivanka Trump could replace U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who in turn would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been heavily criticized in the press for his management of the nation’s diplomatic organization.
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to US President Donald Trump, is currently in Hyderabad, India for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by India and the US. Ms Trump is leading a delegation of senior White House officials as well as American entrepreneurs.
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The idea of Ivanka as ambassador was first floated in a New York Times piece that suggested the first daughter would be given the UN ambassadorship as a consolation prize if she and her husband Jared Kushner were driven out of the White House’s sphere of influence.
While the Times adds that the idea went nowhere—and White House aides deny it was ever discussed—the mere notion of Ambassador Ivanka gave the U.N.’s fans conniptions.
Trump had no formal diplomatic background before this year, but does have experience in international business through the Trump Organization, and has represented the United States and her father on official trips, including a visit to India this week.
However, one top UN analyst argued, Ivanka Trump could make a good ambassador to the United Nations.“The president’s daughter has already shown some aptitude for multilateral diplomacy, striking up a warm relationship with the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim,” Richard Gowan, an expert on the United Nations, wrote for Politico.
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“Together they have set up a special bank fund for women’s empowerment. Ivanka also sat down for lunch with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this summer to discuss gender equality.”
Meanwhile, the mere idea of Ivanka as UN ambassador raised some important questions about whether Americans have become too accustomed to the nepotism in the White House and what skills a UN ambassador actually needs.