Earlier today, Nikki Haley announced that she would be resigning as Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Since taking the job, Haley has generally managed to keep her head down, dodging the political scandals that have slimed most of Trump’s cronies while adhering to GOP foreign policy orthodoxy, engendering appreciation in the MAGA and #NeverTrump camps alike in the process.
While most Americans won’t exactly be sad to see the Trump-praising Haley leave, there is always the chance that her successor could be far worse. Currently, there’s no clear choice for her replacement.
As the administration grows mired in more and more controversies, the costs of associating with it increase while the benefits plummet. At this point, teaming up with Trump is a bit like clambering aboard a sinking ship, if the ship’s captain were a mercurial racist who might throw you overboard himself when the mood strikes.
Now, a completely unqualified yet perhaps not surprising name has been thrown into the ring. While talking to reporters, President Trump entertained the idea of giving the job to his daughter Ivanka, whose main accomplishments to date include running sweatshops and failing to denounce her father’s cruel and misogynistic policies.
“I’ve heard a lot of names. I’ve heard Ivanka. I’ve heard, how good would Ivanka be? The people that know, it has nothing to do with nepotism but I want to tell you the people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite. But you know I’d then be accused of nepotism if you can believe it,” Trump said when reporters asked him if he was considering giving the powerful post to his daughter.
When pressed if he was seriously considering Ivanka, Trump said, “I think Ivanka would be incredible but it doesn’t mean I’d pick her because you’d be accused of nepotism. Even though I’m not sure there’s anybody more competent in the world, but that’s okay.”
He added that they are still looking at “numerous people” for the job. Of course, it would be nothing more than rank nepotism to give the First Daughter the position. Ivanka is as unfit to be Ambassador as her father is to be president.
Choosing her as Haley’s successor would dispel any lingering notions that the United States is anything more than a kleptocratic banana republic under its current president. Both parties must oppose this move if Trump follows through with it.
“It has nothing to do with nepotism. But I want to tell you, the people know… Ivanka would be dynamite,” Trump replied when asked who could replace outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
The president added that his daughter would be an "incredible" choice pic.twitter.com/pZ56nFrVXE
— POLITICO (@politico) October 9, 2018