Ivanka Trump says she turned down father's proposal to lead the World Bank


Ivanka Trump told the Associated Press on Wednesday that though her father offered her the job leading the World Bank, she turned down the suggestion.

She said she is “happy with the work” she's doing as one of President Donald Trump's top advisers in the White House. Her appointment to that position, along with her husband Jared Kushner's role in the White House, has been criticized as blatant nepotism.

And indeed, there is a clear law prohibiting presidential nepotism:

A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.

However, according to this administration, the White House is not an "agency" — which has allowed the president to skirt this provision.

But this dubious assertion aside, Ivanka Trump clearly could not be appointed to be the head agencies such as the FCC, EPA, or the Interior Department.

Since the World Bank is an international organization in which the United States is just a powerful shareholder, nominating Ivanka to be its president would presumably not run afoul of this law. But that hardly explains why she would be a good pick for the role. The bank funds development and anti-poverty efforts around the globe.

Why did Trump think his daughter would be a strong fit for the position?

"She would’ve been great at that because she’s very good with numbers," the president said in a recent interview.

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