Last week Ivanka Trump, a shoe salesperson, traveled to South Korea to lead the U.S. delegation for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Her father admitted that “we cannot have a better, or smarter, person representing our country,” which seems like a snub. Anyway, it seems Donald Trump’s continuation of his long pattern of unprecedented nepotism has got the rest of his staff all riled up.
Part of this is because of the, you know, sensitive fucking political situation in the Korean peninsula. According to CNN:
The decision to send her to South Korea did not sit well with some senior officials in the West Wing, two people familiar with the situation told CNN. The nuclear threat from North Korea and the tensions already boiling across the Korean Peninsula made any US delegation far more than ceremonial.
Kelly was not initially enthusiastic about her South Korea trip, a person close to President Donald Trump said, largely because the visit to the Korean Peninsula was far more than a typical Olympic closing ceremony.
“This isn’t like going to Italy. The stakes are far higher and more complex,” a person close to the President said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive subject of the Trump family.
The threat of nuclear war has constantly loomed, particularly because our dumbass president keeps trying to neg North Korean leader Kim Jong-un into WWIII. Obviously Ivanka Trump is insanely unqualified to handle any of this, and yet her duties included briefing South Korean President Moon Jae-in about her father’s latest economic sanctions against North Korea.
It is objectively insane for Ivanka Trump, the reason imposter syndrome exists for the rest of us, to be handling this kind of diplomatic responsibility, so it’s no wonder that White House staffers are skeptical, but it seems that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has a problem with her general presence:
He often feels that she tries to have it both ways, acting as a senior adviser to the president when it suits her and then as his daughter when it doesn’t. Kelly has remarked privately that Ivanka is just “playing government,” one source said, and has largely brushed aside her agenda, once disregarding her child tax credit as “a pet project.”
Of course Sarah Huckabee Sanders has attempted to quell rumors of disruption:
“General Kelly and General McMaster were supportive of the trip since the planning process began,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN Monday night. “We all thought it was a great success. Ivanka was a great representative for the administration.”
Looks like business as usual!