President Trump said he considered nominating his daughter Ivanka Trump as president for the World Bank because “she’s very good with numbers.”
“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, according to a new interview released by The Atlantic on Friday.
“She’s got a great calmness … I’ve seen her under tremendous stress and pressure,” the president said about his daughter’s role in the White House as a senior adviser. “She reacts very well — that’s usually a genetic thing, but it’s one of those things, nevertheless.”
Trump ultimately nominated 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 for the position and was unanimously approved by the bank’s board.
Trump also told The Atlantic that his daughter “would’ve been great at the United Nations.”
When asked why he didn’t nominate his daughter for the position after former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stepped down last year, 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.”
When reports surfaced last year that Ivanka was being considered for the position, Ivanka tweeted in October: “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.”