Late-Night Hosts Share Theories on Ivanka Trump Getting a West Wing Office
Trevor Noah called the first daughter's expanded White House role a possible conflict "of incest."
Ivanka Trump is getting an office in the White House and a security clearance — a move TV's late-night hosts collectively raised their eyebrows at Tuesday night.
"Even though she's not a federal employee, she'll follow the restrictions that would apply if she were," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained after it was announced that the first daughter would occupy an office on the second floor of the West Wing on Tuesday. "She's taken these steps with the advice of counsel and in consultation of the Office of Government Ethics."
The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that the West Wing must have lower standards for hiring than Nordstrom does, and said her position with no title — since she won't be serving as an official government employee — is a possible conflict "of incest."
“Ivanka says she'll follow all of the ethics rules? I feel the first rule of Ethics Club is ‘Don’t hire your daughter,’” said Noah. “This is one of those stories that goes so deep: Nepotism, possible conflicts of incest, compromise of national security. We should be digging into the details of a job with no title. What does that mean? But the truth is we can't. Because in the world we are living in right now, ain't nobody got time for that.”
Late Night's Seth Meyers said that what's more unbelievable than Ivanka Trump getting an office in the White House is the fact that her father has one.
Meyers addressed reports that say Ivanka Trump will act as President Donald Trump's "eyes and ears," and added his own interpretation that "Mitch McConnell will continue to be the neck."
The Late Show's James Corden said that Ivanka Trump is basically going to be walking around the White House saying, "That's it, I'm telling my dad."
Corden said that while he's glad Ivanka Trump will be the new eyes and ears, now what she really has to do is "take over [Trump's] mouth and his tweeting thumb."
Not to be outdone by his sister, Donald Trump Jr. is getting his own stump on the White House lawn, joked Corden.
The Tonight Show's Jimmy Kimmel also joked that President Trump needs Ivanka Trump to be his tweeting thumb, before mocking her level of experience in foreign policy. He said the first daughter is planning on drawing on her "20 years of foreign and domestic policy experience that she gained selling sandals to Nordstrom.”
He added: “Her office is on the second floor of the West Wing, not far from the Oval Office. I suspect they put her there so somebody can run and grab her in case her father decides to nuke anything. She might be the only one he will listen to, right?”
Kimmel feels bad for poor Tiffany Trump, though, who he said can't even get the White House Wi-Fi password.