Earlier this month, we learned that Donald Trump thought Ivanka would’ve been the perfect person to run the World Bank. “She would’ve been great at that because she’s very good with numbers,” the president told The Atlantic. “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.” At the time, it was estimated (by us) that Trump was the only person on earth who thought his daughter was remotely qualified to run the international financial institution. But, apparently, there was at least one other individual who thought Ivanka could’ve held her own in the role: the First Daughter herself.
Speaking to the Associated Press on Wednesday, Ivanka confirmed that her father asked her if she was interested in succeeding outgoing president Jim Yong Kim at the organization. She turned the opportunity down, but not because she knew her professional experience was such that, were this a regular job, a recruiter would have looked at her résumé and asked, confused, Wait, which position are you applying for? I think there’s been a mistake. Instead, according to the First Daughter, she said no because she was “happy with the work” she’s currently doing.
Of course, this probably shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise, considering Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, saw themselves as eminently qualified for their jobs in the White House, despite having no government experience whatsoever. For his part, Kushner is presently urging world diplomats to keep an “open mind” about the possibility that he of all people will be the one to bring peace to the Middle East. As for other roles the president had in mind for his favorite child—he told The Atlantic she “would’ve been great at the United Nations,” just “incredible”—Ivanka told the A.P. she’d “keep that between” them.
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