WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump reluctantly ruled out naming his daughter, White House aide Ivanka Trump, as the administration’s next UN ambassador.
“Ivanka would be dynamite, but I would be accused of nepotism, if you can believe it, right?” Trump told reporters on the White House’s south lawn Tuesday.
Trump expressed a similar concern when asked if he has considered his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
“Well, he’s very talented, but no, I haven’t,” Trump said, gesturing to the assembled press and asking what the media would say.
Ivanka Trump has previously been rumored to be eyeing the position.
The prospect, which would raise major legal and ethical concerns, was elevated Tuesday after Nikki Haley, the current ambassador, announced that she would be stepping down at the end of the year.
Trump said Haley will help him pick her eventual successor, which he previously suggested could occur within the coming weeks.
Among those being considered is Dina Powell, who served in the Trump White House as a Deputy National Security Adviser until January.
“She is certainly a person I would consider,” Trump said, before adding that he was looking at “many” different names.
Shortly after the president announced Haley’s impending departure, Ivanka Trump tweeted a photo of herself with her husband and Haley, and complimented the ambassador.
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! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/sidkwXzPZB
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 9, 2018