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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Trump considered his 'good with numbers' daughter for World Bank job


US President Donald Trump ruled out daughter Ivanka over fears of fuelling nepotism claims
US President Donald Trump ruled out daughter Ivanka over fears of fuelling nepotism claims

Terrence Dopp

US President Donald Trump considered nominating his daughter Ivanka Trump for a variety of jobs including one at the World Bank, according to a new interview.

"I even thought of Ivanka for the World Bank," Trump told The Atlantic magazine. "She would've been great at that because she's very good with numbers."

Trump said that he has thought of his daughter, who works in the White House as an assistant to the president, for several different positions, including United Nations ambassador, but has been dissuaded because of the appearance of nepotism.

"She would've been great at the United Nations, as an example," Trump said, adding that his oldest daughter is "a natural diplomat." If he did nominate her, Trump said, "they'd say nepotism, when it would've had nothing to do with nepotism. But she would've been incredible."

New World Bank president David Malpass, who was nominated by Trump in February, is a loyal supporter who had been sharply critical of China and called for a shake-up of the global economic order. No other countries proposed any candidates to challenge Malpass, making his selection by the board all but assured.

Malpass, who was approved last week as chief of the development lender, has put an emphasis on worldwide economic growth and said he sees no need for a restructuring there. The position of World Bank president has historically gone to an American, while a European has led its sister organisation, the International Monetary Fund.

Some observers have called for the bank to appoint a non-American in recognition of the growing clout of markets such as China and India.


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