Donald Trump Says ‘Everyone’ Wants Ivanka to be U.N. Ambassador, but Americans and His Own Daughter Disagree

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump would be “incredible” serving as the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, and “everyone” wants the first daughter to replace Nikki Haley, but “chants of nepotism” made it unlikely, according to President Donald Trump on Friday.

The president was referring to speculation over his eldest daughter leaving Washington and heading to New York to take over after Haley leaves at the end of 2018. It’s unclear exactly who he meant by “everyone.”

“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,” Trump tweeted.

Ivanka Trump immediately pushed back Tuesday on any notion of her leaving the White House.

Just hours earlier, Haley had sat beside Trump in the Oval Office to announce her future departure and offer praise to the president, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

“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 tweeted.

The president and his daughter received accusations of nepotism as soon as they entered the West Wing in 2017, with Ivanka Trump and Kushner both chastised for their lack of government experience.

The president’s claim that “everyone” wanted his daughter to serve one of the country’s top posts was not backed up by recent polling. In June 2017, a Quinnipiac University poll showed a 35 percent favorable and 36 percent unfavorable rating for Ivanka Trump. She did improve that favorable rating to 43 percent in the Ipsos/Daily Beast poll released in June of this year.

Along with the president’s daughter, former national security adviser for strategy Dina Powell and current U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell were floated as potential replacements for Haley. Powell returned to financial firm Goldman Sachs after serving in the Trump administration for about a year, while the conservative Grenell, on his first day on the job in May, caused a stir among German politicians for an apparent threat about business with Iran.

Haley cited a belief in term limits and her work over the last eight years—a stint that included six years as the governor of South Carolina—as the main reasons for her leaving. Her announcement came after watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, filed a complaint with the State Department inspector general over seven private flights Haley took while in office.

“It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor every day and defend America,” Haley said Tuesday. “I’ll never truly step aside from fighting for our country. But I will tell you that I think it’s time.”

trump everyone ivanka united nations nepotism President Donald Trump and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump during the annual meeting of President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, in Washington, D.C., on October 11. Getty Images/Mark Wilson

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