Monday, November 29

Does it surprise you that Ivanka Trump was almost a head of the World Bank? You shouldn’t be | Arwa mahdawi


IIt’s no secret that Donald Trump has a soft spot for his eldest daughter, Ivanka. He constantly blows his horn and gets excited about his talents. Ivanka not only has a “very nice figure“Trump has boasted, but”she is very good with numbers”. She’s so good at all that number stuff that the former president even considered her for the top job at the World Bank in 2019. And that wasn’t just a fleeting fantasy, either; according to a recent report from the InterceptIvanka’s nomination for the presidency of the World Bank “was incredibly close to happening.” The reason this was not the case is that Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin intervened. Which, by the way, is quite a different story from the one that counts Ivanka. The former first daughter has said she left her job because she was so happy with the high-powered position in the White House for which she had been appointed.

I can’t say that I’m surprised that Ivanka was a stone’s throw from a (other) prestigious job that she wasn’t qualified to laugh at. What puzzles me is why Mnuchin could have blocked his nomination. Trump has the ability to surround himself with sycophants who do his bidding; What could have led Mnuchin to break ranks? Could it be that the guy finds blatant nepotism distasteful? Unfortunately, that seems unlikely, considering he is a product of hers himself. Mnuchin’s first job outside of Yale was at Goldman Sachs, where his father happened to be a general partner. According to a profile from a New York magazine, Mnuchin’s colleagues at Goldman Sachs did not consider it “Especially smart booking”But that didn’t stop him from becoming a partner himself. The same profile notes that his promotion to partner came at the expense of a working-class African-American businessman who seemed “much smarter than Steven” to a colleague and had “accomplished much more.” I don’t know how fair that profile is, but I’d bet both kidneys that Mnuchin isn’t someone who stays up at night worrying about nepotism.

So perhaps Mnuchin feared that Ivanka’s appointment might be unethical or make America look ridiculous? Again, these theories seem unlikely. Mnuchin and his (third) wife, Scottish actress Louise Linton, don’t seem particularly upset about ethics or look ridiculous. Mnuchin, after all, is dubbed the “king of foreclosures” because he made a ton of money evicting older people from their homes. Meanwhile, Linton is known to have written the memoirs of a “white savior”. full of dubious claims. The couple have not kept a low profile since they got together. Remember when the lovebirds did a very strange supervillain-style photo shoot with a sheet of new dollar bills? It’s not exactly something someone concerned about optics can do. Then there was the moment when they took a government plane to see a solar eclipse in Kentucky. Linton posted the trip on Instagram and tagged all the designer brands she was wearing: “#rolandmouret pants,” “#tomford sunnies,” “#hermesscarf,” “#valentinorockstudheels.” Everything was #inverybadtaste.

The pair haven’t exactly tried to tone it down since. Linton recently made a movie called I, your madness where she plays a “self-absorbed, narcissistic, materialistic misanthrope” who hates commercial air travel, loves haute couture and eat men for fun. It also contains spider sex. Mnuchin has been very supportive of the film, calling the adventures of a greedy sociopath “very entertaining.” Again, you don’t seem like the type of person who cares what other people think. Rather, he seems the type of man who actively supports narcissistic blondes (Linton is quite like Ivanka) with salvador blanco complexes and huge egos doing whatever they want. If he blocked Ivanka’s nomination, I would once again bet my kidneys that it wasn’t for the greater good, but somehow it was for his own good. After all, nepotism is simply not a problem for people like Mnuchin. This is how the world works.


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