In an interview published by the Atlantic on Friday, the president praised his daughter’s performance as a White House adviser as a “natural diplomat” and foreshadowed her future as a formidable presidential candidate.
“If she ever wanted to run for president,” he said, “I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.”
“She went into the whole helping-people-with-jobs, and I wasn’t sure that was going to be the best use of her time, but I didn’t know how successful she’d be,” Trump said. “She’s created millions of jobs, and I had no idea she’d be that successful.”
Trump then echoed a tweet he made last October when he said “everyone” wanted Ivanka to become the successor to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
So nice, everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador. She would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism! We have great people that want the job.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2018
“She would’ve been great at the United Nations, as an example,” he continued to state in the interview, emphasizing his ultimate reason against nominating Ivanka was “they’d say nepotism when it would’ve had nothing to do with nepotism.”
“But she would’ve been incredible,” he added.
The president continued to explain that he believes his daughter also has the qualifications to lead the World Bank, a financial institution tasked with providing billions of dollars in loans to international development projects annually.
“I even thought of Ivanka for the World Bank,” Trump said. “She would’ve been great at that because she’s very good with numbers.”
The president also seemingly took credit for Ivanka’s “great calmness” claiming that it’s usually a genetic trait.
“She’s got a great calmness,” he said. “I’ve seen her under tremendous stress and pressure. She reacts very well — that’s usually a genetic thing, but it’s one of those things, nevertheless.”
“She’s got a tremendous presence when she walks into the room,” he added, singing the praises of his eldest daughter.