File photo of Ivanka Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )
Trump's daughter Ivanka has since said she will not be replacing Nikki Haley who abruptly announced her resignation as US ambassador to the UN on Tuesday.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley abruptly announced her resignation on Tuesday. Haley will step down at the end of the year.
There has been speculation that Haley might run against Donald Trump in the 2020 elections.
There has also been speculation as to who might replace Haley, with Trump saying it might be his daughter Ivanka.
"We are looking at numerous people," Trump told reporters at the White House.
But he also added that should he hire Ivanka, he would be accused of nepotism.
"Ivanka would be dynamite. It's nothing to do with nepotism. But I want to tell you, the people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite. But, you know, I would then be accused of nepotism."
Trump has raised eyebrows with his blurring of the lines between relatives, family businesses and official duties since he was elected in 2016.
Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner both work in the White House as high-level unpaid advisers. Among other duties, Kushner, an Orthodox Jew, is tasked with creating a Middle East peace plan.
Ivanka herself later said she would not be replacing Haley.
It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 9, 2018
Ambassador Haley has served America with dignity + distinction.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 9, 2018
She is a bold reformer and has been an unwavering champion of truth, principled realism and integrity within the United Nations.
Jared and I are grateful for her friendship — a true blessing in our lives! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/sidkwXzPZB
"It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me," she tweeted.
(With inputs from AFP)