Trump, who had been rumoured to be a contender for the position herself, will not be a candidate, a Trump administration official said. But she will assist Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney in choosing a successor to Jim Yong Kim, the current president of the World Bank who announced last week he would be stepping down.
Mnuchin called Trump last week and asked her if she would be involved, an administration official said.
Jessica Ditto, a White House spokeswoman, said Trump was asked because “she’s worked closely with the World Bank’s leadership for the past two years.”
Administration officials are expected to begin the interview process for the job, which has always gone to an American, on Tuesday. The White House did not provide any names of contenders, but the official noted that one person whose name has been floated — Nikki Haley, the former U.N. ambassador — was not a candidate.
In explaining Ivanka Trump’s qualifications for participating in the selection process, the administration official cited both Trump’s close relationship with Mnuchin as well as her work with Kim.
Last year, for instance, she helped start the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, a fund administered by the World Bank and branded “We-Fi,” at the Group of 20 conferences in Hamburg, Germany. The goal of the fund, which Trump is credited with envisioning, is to generate $1.6 billion in capital for female entrepreneurs in developing countries.