Weird world

The Expositor (Brantford) - - OPINION -

With the an­nounce­ment of the re­tire­ment of Nikki Ha­ley as Amer­i­can am­bas­sador to the UN comes the un­ex­pected sug­ges­tion of an in­sider re­place­ment - U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s daugh­ter, Ivanka. She is a fash­ion de­signer, which may be use­ful as a lot of am­bas­sado­rial work does seem to in­volve ‘dress-ups’.

Trump says no one is “more com­pe­tent in the world” than his daugh­ter to re­place Ha­ley, al­though the com­plex­i­ties of some sit­u­a­tions may be chal­leng­ing. The sit­u­a­tion in Ire­land can be seen as a green ver­sus or­ange prob­lem so maybe the fash­ion world might have some­thing to of­fer. The Korean re­gion is more than just two teams, the North and South sides not play­ing nice. Let’s not even con­tem­plate how the most com­pe­tent am­bas­sado­rial can­di­date would work with the Mid­dle East coun­tries.

Ivanka does have a skill that may help - she speaks French and she was wise enough to im­me­di­ately squash the sug­ges­tion of her pos­si­ble pro­mo­tion.

There must be a great num­ber of am­bas­sadors spin­ning in their graves or swiv­el­ling in their leather seats at the sug­ges­tion that they are less com­pe­tent than a fash­ion de­signer.

The is­sue of po­ten­tial nepo­tism is best avoided at the mo­ment given re­cent dis­cus­sions of Trump’s fam­ily sup­port for him and tax con­cerns.

Don’t ever doubt it’s a weird world and could still get weirder.

Den­nis Fitzger­ald Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia

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