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