Presidential counselor Ivanka Trump will be meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during her visit to Washington, D.C. which raises the First Daughter’s profile in international affairs even though there is a lot of confusion and swirling questions about the exact nature of their meeting.
A number of news organizations reported that the First Daughter would meet with Kyung-wha in place of Rex Tillerson, who was fired earlier this week as Secretary of State, apparently to discuss plans for the Korean summit planned between Trump and the presidents of North and South Korea.
The Tillerson meeting with Kyung-wha will be taken by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, who will discuss plans for the summit expected to take place by the end of May.
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But it appears Ivanka will be meeting with Kyung-wha in a separate event. Trump’s oldest daughter was in Pyongyang for the Winter Olympics when the pair met for the first time and apparently “began a friendship.”
Considering that Ivanka and her husband have shamelessly used their lofty White House positions to advance the interests of their personal businesses, the American people deserve to know why an unelected and unqualified member of the President’s family is holding private meetings with high-level members of foreign nations.
South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will meet with Ivanka Trump during her three-day visit to the U.S, according to South Korea’s Foreign Ministry. Kang was supposed to meet with Rex Tillerson too, but will now meet with the deputy secretary John Sullivan instead.
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Kyung-wha is also meeting with some members of Congress while she is in Washington, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
Ivanka’s reputation for being ineffective and little more than the presidential daughter who has an office in the White House close to daddy remains intact because unlike her unqualified husband Jared Kushner, she is not being given a major diplomatic mission.
However, it is Trump’s poor judgment to make nepotism a key element of his staffing decisions that causes this kind of confusion.
It is also Trump’s fault because he has made it a revolving door for top-level officials, making it hard for other countries, even close allies, to know who to talk to, who to trust and who will still be around for the next meeting.
With Trump continuing to hire yes-men, cronies and loyal court jesters for important positions, the merry-go-round is not likely to stop spinning as long as he is president.