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President Trump says daughter Ivanka would be ‘dynamite’ as US envoy at UN, shortlists 5 names

Trump’s comment came after Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that she would resign from her post as the US ambassador to the UN by the end of the year. Soon after the President’s remarks, Ivanka, 36, took to Twitter to rule herself out of the running for ambassadorship.

world Updated: Oct 11, 2018 10:08 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to members of the United Nations Security Council(Reuters File Photo)

President Donald Trump believes his daughter Ivanka Trump would be “dynamite” if she succeeds Nikki Haley as the US envoy to the United Nations, but says he has a shortlist of five candidates.

He did not name all contenders, only confirming that former deputy national security advisor Dina Powell is on the list.

“The people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite. But...I’d then be accused of nepotism, if you can believe it,” Trump told reporters about his daughter, who serves as his adviser.

Ivanka Trump, however, took herself out of speculation. “I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me,” she tweeted.

She shot to the top of the list of names after Haley spoke glowingly about her at the joint announcement with Trump on Wednesday about her plans to leave the key post at the end of the year.

“Dina would love it,” Trump said about Powell, who is now in the private sector.

Jon Huntsman, US ambassador to Russia, Richard Grenell, US ambassador to Germany who was with the US permanent mission to the UN, and Heather Nauert, state department spokesperson and undersecretary for public affairs, are also on the list, according to media reports.

First Published: Oct 10, 2018 13:51 IST