What does Javanka mean for the World Bank?

Politico has the biggest sensation of the week when it reported on Monday about Ivanka’s prospects for the World Bank. In the topsy turvy world of today’s politics its headline missed the mark. Rather than leading with “Ivanka Trump not under consideration for World Bank chief” the headline should have been:

“Ivanka is overseeing the internal search for a nominee to lead the World Bank”

That is an amazing statement. The search for the World Bank president nominee by the US Administration is being headed by an unpaid aide with no background in economics, finance, or development! If I were in the Treasury I would not not be amused.

Javanka – as the combination of Jared and Ivanka is known – will have their hands full trying to figure out a nominee. Or will they? They could just pick a loyal friend or someone whom the Trumps owe a favour. That wouldn’t be too different than the processes to pick some of the past Presidents. But in today’s climate and with this US Administration that is less likely to a lifelong Republican stalwart and more likely to be someone who has been on the fringes of politics for most of their life.

We have several weeks to wait for an announcement, but someone should screen the list of White House visitors to see who is in the running.

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  2. A very interesting (snarky) follow-up on this from Vanity Fair about Ivanka Trump’s history of selecting candidates for jobs: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/01/ivanka-trump-helping-choose-next-world-bank-president

    “For those who need a reminder, previous candidates the First Daughter has backed for roles in the administration include Anthony “My Colleague Auto-Fellates Himself” Scaramucci and Hope “Misleading Statements About Russia” Hicks. But her most memorable recommendation would undoubtedly be unregistered foreign agent-turned-convicted criminal Mike Flynn, whose candidacy she wholeheartedly endorsed during the transition, praising the retired general’s “amazing loyalty to my father,” after inviting the guy to a staffing meeting without telling then-transition coordinator Chris Christie.”

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