Anderson Cooper rips Ivanka: 'what does she actually do?'

CNN host Anderson Cooper isn’t impressed with Ivanka Trump’s White House cred.

After CNN reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump pushed then-chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant his daughter top security clearance despite their objections, Cooper noted that Ivanka, a senior adviser, apparently wanted the clearance to study briefing books on foreign trips.

But then got to wondering:

“Why is she in the White House?” Cooper asked The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman in the clip below. “Like, what does she actually do?!?”

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The daughter and advisor of US President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump (L), attends the inauguration ceremony of Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, at the Congress of the Union, in Mexico City on December 1, 2018. - Lopez Obrador, 65, won Mexico's July 1 election in a landslide, and euphoric supporters are full of hope that the fiery populist will bring sweeping change, slash poverty and fight endemic corruption. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, center, applauds during the 58th presidential inauguration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's president, not pictured, at the Congress in Mexico City, Mexico, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Lopez Obrador announced his arrival as Mexico's president after a decades-long wait with an attack on the energy industry overhaul passed under his predecessor, saying it had raised gasoline prices. Photographer: Cesar Rodriguez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trump (C) and her wife US First Lady Melania Trump (2-L), talk to Argentina's President Mauricio Macri (L), while Argentina's First Lady Juliana Awada speaks with White House adviser and US President daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Trump's Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, prior to a gala at the Colon Theater in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018 in the sidelines of the G20 Leader's Summit. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C) calls her daughter White House adviser Ivanka Trump to join her wife US First Lady Melania Trump (3-L), Argentina's President Mauricio Macri (2-L) and his wife Argentina's First Lady Juliana Awada (L), prior to a gala at the Colon Theater in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018 in the sidelines of the G20 Leader's Summit. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
The daughter and advisor of US President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, attends the inauguration ceremony of Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, at the Congress of the Union, in Mexico City on December 1, 2018. - Lopez Obrador, 65, won Mexico's July 1 election in a landslide, and euphoric supporters are full of hope that the fiery populist will bring sweeping change, slash poverty and fight endemic corruption. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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The daughter and advisor of US President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, attends the inauguration ceremony of Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, at the Congress of the Union, in Mexico City on December 1, 2018. - Lopez Obrador, 65, won Mexico's July 1 election in a landslide, and euphoric supporters are full of hope that the fiery populist will bring sweeping change, slash poverty and fight endemic corruption. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
The wife of Mexico's new President Beatriz Gutierrez Muller (L) and the daughter and advisor of US President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump attend the inauguration ceremony of Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, at the Congress of the Union, in Mexico City on December 1, 2018. - Lopez Obrador, 65, won Mexico's July 1 election in a landslide, and euphoric supporters are full of hope that the fiery populist will bring sweeping change, slash poverty and fight endemic corruption. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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From left, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, greets first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, as Macri's wife Juliana Awada, talks with Ivanka Trump, the daughter and assistant to President Donald Trump, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, at the Teatro Colon for the G20 leaders dinner, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Haberman called it a good question, explaining that “that there is an addictive quality to having access to this kind of information. What exactly Ivanka Trump needs to do with that information is unclear.”

Cooper wasn’t finished. He suggested during a panel discussion later that the GOP would erupt if Hillary Clinton were in the White House and pressured top advisers to grant daughter Chelsea Clinton a high-level clearance.

“If Hillary Clinton had one and she gave Chelsea Clinton a high-level security clearance over the objection of her White House chief counsel, the chief of staff, and Chelsea Clinton’s husband who’s also involved in finances also got a security clearance, wouldn’t Republicans justifiably be screaming from the rooftops?”

Kristen Powers, a CNN analyst and USA Today columnist, said Republicans would go “bonkers” at such a scenario.

Check out some of that conversation below.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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