With the announcement of the retirement of Nikki Haley as UN ambassador comes the unexpected suggestion of an insider replacement – the president’s daughter Ivanka. She is a fashion designer which may be useful as a lot of ambassadorial work does seem to involve ‘dress-ups.’

As President Trump says, “No one more competent in the world” than his daughter Ivanka to be the replacement for Nikki Haley as UN ambassador, although the complexities of some situations may be challenging. The situation in Ireland can be seen as a green versus orange problem, so maybe the fashion world might have something to offer. The Korean region is more than just two teams, the North and South sides not playing nice. Let’s not even contemplate how the most competent ambassadorial candidate would work with the Middle East countries.

Ivanka does have a skill that may help – she speaks French and she is wise enough to squash the suggestion immediately.

There must be a great number of ambassadors spinning in their graves or swiveling in their leather seats at the suggestion that they are less competent than a fashion designer. Maybe Ridge Forester from “The Bold and Beautiful” will be a potential candidate as well – he can be very diplomatic in the midst of chaos.

The issue of potential nepotism is best avoided at the moment, given recent discussions of President Trump’s family support for him and tax concerns.

Don’t ever doubt it’s a weird, weird world and could still get weirder.

Dennis Fitzgerald

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