In a recent interview with The Atlantic, President Donald Trump sat down to talk about his daughter Ivanka’s role as senior advisor in the White House, including how her life has changed since becoming part of his administration.
The Atlantic reports that Ivanka is often top of mind for Trump when new positions open up. For example, Trump said, “I even thought of Ivanka for the World Bank … She would’ve been great at that because she’s very good with numbers.” (In the end, he nominated former Treasury official David Malpass.)
“She’s got a great calmness … I’ve seen her under tremendous stress and pressure,” he added. “She reacts very well—that’s usually a genetic thing, but it’s one of those things, nevertheless. She’s got a tremendous presence when she walks into the room.”
Trump also said Ivanka is a “natural diplomat” and that “she would’ve been great at the United Nations, as an example.” (Nikki Haley stepped down as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations last year.) But when asked why Trump didn’t nominate Ivanka for the job, he said, “If I did, they’d say nepotism, when it would’ve had nothing to do with nepotism. But she would’ve been incredible.”
And while Ivanka has never expressed interest to Trump or her friends about running for office, Trump still thinks she could win. He told the magazine, “If she ever wanted to run for president, I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.”
But as the interview points out, being connected to a controversial and contentious administration has been a shift for Ivanka, who was a well-liked socialite with her own fashion brand before the 2016 election. “I think it would’ve been a lot easier for her if she’d just stayed in New York and did what she was doing,” Trump told The Atlantic. “That’s always tricky, you know, if you have a business and now all of the sudden—let’s say 100 percent of the people like you, and now all of the sudden you have 50 percent of the people that love you, but the other 50 percent of the people, it’s less than like.”
Read the full interview here.