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READ: Donald Trump Tweets ‘Everyone Wants Ivanka Trump to Be the New United Nations Ambassador…But I Can Already Hear the Chants of Nepotism’

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks along with his daughter Ivanka during a video conference with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station in the Oval Office at the White House April 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images)

In a tweet on Friday, President Donald Trump again touted his daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump’s qualifications to replace United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who will be leaving her post at the end of this year.

For unclear reasons, Ms. Trump’s name arose for the position almost immediately after the announcement of Haley’s resignation, though she insists she does not want the position and the president claims that, despite so-called qualifications, he would be decried for nepotism.

This is at least the second time Donald Trump has indirectly made the suggestion, saying after Haley’s resignation:

“I’ve heard a lot of names. I’ve heard Ivanka. How good would Ivanka be? 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 has remained consistent in his lack of clarity as to just who is suggesting this. In today’s tweet, he said that “everyone” wants Ivanka as UN Ambassador, but Twitter users were quick to point out that that wasn’t the case.

Ivanka herself has shot down the notion.

In addition to the wild unpopularity of the idea, others clarified that the appointment would receive cries of nepotism because it would, in fact, be nepotism.

As many pointed out, a president putting his or her daughter into a cabinet level position is absolutely nepotism.

Though it wouldn’t be unheard of. President John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Robert to Attorney General. The decision was controversial, but Kennedy was qualified to practice law and had conducted numerous legal investigations.

Ivanka Trump is woefully unqualified for the position. Though a successful clothing designer, television personality and entrepreneur, Ms. Trump has no diplomacy or foreign policy experience and has never held public office.

Lack of qualifications aside, it’s been observed that Ivanka Trump possesses more of her father’s favor and influence than any of his children, with many observing the president’s unusual and sometimes unsettling fixation with her.

If Ivanka did want the position, it would likely be hers.

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