Trump considered Ivanka for head of World Bank, says she could be US president
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Trump considered Ivanka for head of World Bank, says she could be US president

Daughter also would be ‘great’ ambassador to the UN, president enthuses; hails her ‘great calmness’

Ivanka Trump, assistant to the president, stands up as she is recognized by US President Donald Trump at the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Ivanka Trump, assistant to the president, stands up as she is recognized by US President Donald Trump at the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump considered nominating his daughter to head the World Bank, and she also would have been “great” as US ambassador to the United Nations, he said in an interview published Friday.

“She’s a natural diplomat,” Trump told The Atlantic. “She would’ve been great at the United Nations, as an example.”

But if he had nominated his daughter — who is a senior advisor to the president — “they’d say nepotism, when it would’ve had nothing to do with nepotism. But she would’ve been incredible.”

“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.”

“She’s got a great calmness… 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,” Trump said.

Trump ultimately nominated Kelly Knight Craft, his envoy to Canada, to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, while David Malpass, a senior US Treasury official, became the new head of the World Bank.

FILE – A Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo showing US President elect Donald Trump greeting his daughter Ivanka Trump during the grand opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Trump also hailed his daughter as a potential US president. “If she ever wanted to run for president,” he said, “I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.”

“She’s got a great calmness,” he said of his daughter. “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.”

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