Since US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley resigned on Tuesday, there has been speculation that President Donald Trump will nominate his daughter, Ivanka, for the job.
The conversation was fueled when a Twitter account noted that Ivanka started following several defense accounts on Twitter on Monday.
Trump said Tuesday he thinks Ivanka would be great for the role, but she has ruled it out.
The speculation raises questions about whether a potential Ivanka appointment would be a violation of the 1967 anti-nepotism law.
When Nikki Haley announced her impending resignation as US ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday, people immediately began speculating online that President Donald Trump may nominate his own daughter, Ivanka, to fill the position.
Ivanka quickly shot down the prospect on Tuesday evening, tweeting, "It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me."
Before Ivanka's tweet, even CNN pundits were discussing the possibility of her as UN ambassador as they waited for the president and Haley to officially announce Haley's resignation. She'll remain in her role through the end of the year.
Haley only fueled the speculation when she lavished the first daughter with praise during the announcement, saying "I can't say enough good things about Jared and Ivanka" who "do a lot of things behind the scenes that I wish more people knew about."
The idea spread further on social media, where the likes of conservative author Ann Coulter and MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski discussed the possibility.
Ivanka Trump in her White House role
Ivanka Trump in her White House role
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Ivanka Trump (R), Adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump, and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon (L) react as they participate in a Conversations with the Women of America panel at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. The three-part panel features 'American women from various backgrounds and experiences who will speak with high-level women within the Trump Administration, about what has been accomplished to date to advance women at home, and in the workplace.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump takes part in a conversation with Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, U.S., May 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump (R) speaks next to Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon during a White House event with small businesses in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 1. 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, departs United Nations headquarters after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, U.S., July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 04: Ivanka Trump delivers remarks during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building April 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump also delivered remarks and answered questions from the audience during a town hall event with CEO's on the American business climate. Also pictured are U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (L) and Reed Cordish (R), from the Office of American Innovation.
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Ivanka Trump joins her father U.S. President Donald Trump as he meets with women small business owners at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Ivanka Trump speaks during a visit to the Smithsonian?s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Many Twitter users cited a bot that showed Ivanka had started following several defense-related Twitter accounts the day before, which they took as evidence she was getting ready for the job.
And this isn't the first time that the idea of Ambassador Ivanka has been floated.
Last November, The New York Times published a report that said "a scenario circulated" that fall in which Haley would be promoted to secretary of state while Ivanka would be enlisted as UN ambassador.
Later in the afternoon, Trump was asked by reporters about whether he would consider Ivanka for the job. He said he thought his daughter "would be dynamite" but thought he would be accused of nepotism if he nominated her.
The idea of the first daughter taking on such a prominent role has led to questions about whether it would violate the 1967 anti-nepotism statute.
The same questions arose when the president hired Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser at the start of his administration. But the issue was dismissed by Department of Justice lawyers who said the law only applies to executive "agency" hires — and the White House isn't an agency.
Legal experts are split about whether the law would apply this time.
For context, the federal anti-nepotism bill became a law in 1967, just six years after then-President John F. Kennedy made his brother Bobby US attorney general.
While many believe this law was created to prevent the president from appointing family members, one of the act's sponsors, Rep. Neal Smith (D-Iowa), said at the time that it was actually created to crack down on corruption in "smaller post offices" of Congress, since many congressmen at the time had their wives on the payroll.
"Some were doing a good job, but… two-thirds of them didn't do any work at all," he told The Des Moines Register, according Time.
Andrew Hessick, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, told Business Insider that he doesn't think the anti-nepotism law applies to the UN position.
"I don't think the appointment of Ivanka would violate the anti-nepotism law," he said. "The relevant part of the anti-nepotism law, 5 USC 3110, prohibits the president from appointing relatives to 'an Executive agency.' The UN is not an executive agency of the United States. It is an international organization. Under 22 USC 287, the president can appoint a representative for the United States to that international organization. So I don't see a problem under the anti-nepotism law."
Bradley P. Moss, a lawyer who specializes in federal employment and security clearance law, disagrees. He says that the UN ambassador job is a US governmental position, not a job at the United Nations, and therefore within the scope of the anti-nepotism statue.
He says the president will also have a hard time working out a loophole to get around the anti-nepotism statute, like he did last time with Kushner. He pointed out that the specific law that covers White House hires includes language which says, essentially, the president can hire who he wants "without regard to any other provision of law." Moss says the laws concerning the appointment of a UN ambassador does not include that provision, so the anti-nepotism law applies.
Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who served as President George W. Bush's chief ethics lawyer, also weighed in.
"That would probably violate the anti-nepotism statute," he said. "The only exception made applies to a presidential appointment inside the Executive Office of the President (EOP). This is an ambassador under the State Department, not EOP."