Ivanka’s intrusions aren’t funny
During President Trump’s recent visit to the G-20 summit in Japan, Ivanka Trump was everywhere, said Daniel Shapiro. The president’s daughter, who has zero foreign policy experience or credentials, “painfully, awkwardly” inserted herself into conversations among world leaders; in a video that went viral, International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde looked at a babbling Ivanka with eye-rolling disdain. “Most shockingly,” it was Ivanka—and not Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or national security adviser John Bolton—who accompanied the president to his meeting with Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas. Ivanka’s bizarre prominence in these events was widely mocked, but for U.S. foreign policy and our country’s institutions, “the implications are serious.” When Trump elevates his daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, in this blatantly nepotistic way, it tells foreign leaders not to waste their time with Pompeo, Bolton, or the entire State Department. Other nations now perceive the U.S. government “as a family business,” operated the same way as tinpot dictatorships such as Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. In a second Trump term, don’t be surprised to see Ivanka formally named secretary of state and America fully become a Trump Organization subsidiary.