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Trump says he considered nominating Ivanka to lead World Bank

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President Trump said he considered nominating his daughter Ivanka Trump as president of the World Bank because “she’s very good with numbers,” according to a new interview with released by The Atlantic on Friday.

Trump agreed to sit down with the outlet to discuss his daughter’s role in the White House as a senior adviser and opened up about other considerations for her career. 

 “I even thought of Ivanka for the World Bank … She would’ve been great at that because she’s very good with numbers,” Trump said.

{mosads}“She’s got a great calmness … I’ve seen her under tremendous stress and pressure,” the president continued. “She reacts very well — that’s usually a genetic thing, but it’s one of those things, nevertheless.”

Trump ended up nominating longtime Treasury Department and State Department official David Malpass to lead the institution.

Malpass, who worked under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, was viewed as highly qualified and was unanimously approved by the bank’s board. 

The president also told The Atlantic that his daughter “would’ve been great at the United Nations.”

When asked why he didn’t nominate her for the position, he said his critics would have called it nepotism, “when it would’ve had nothing to do with nepotism. But she would’ve been incredible.”

There was speculation after former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stepped down last year that the president would nominate Ivanka Trump for that role.

She later ruled out that possibility in a tweet.

“It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me,” Ivanka Trump wrote in October.

Trump announced in February that he selected Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, to serve as his administration’s top diplomat to the United Nations.

The president’s elder daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, have served as two of his most trusted advisers.

Tags Ambassador Donald Trump Ivanka Trump Jared Kushner Nikki Haley The Atlantic United Nations World Bank

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