Meghan McCain, co-host of "The View," voiced her opinion on reports that President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, wants to be the first female president, saying the notion it would be an "easy" run because of the Trump name is "historically ignorant."
What are these reports about Trump?
According to an excerpt from author Michael Wolff's forthcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," Ivanka Trump has aspirations to become the first female president of the United States and took the job as presidential adviser, with help from her husband, Jared Kushner, for more personal reasons than perhaps just helping out her dad around the Oval Office.
The excerpt, quoted by New York Magazine, stated:
The First Children couple were having to navigate Trump’s volatile nature just like everyone else in the White House. And they were willing to do it for the same reason as everyone else — in the hope that Trump’s unexpected victory would catapult them into a heretofore unimagined big time. Balancing risk against reward, both Jared and Ivanka decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job.
The "joint job" pointed to by the excerpt reportedly included an agreement between Kushner and Trump that if the opportunity presented itself, Trump would be the one to run for president.
Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.
To be fair, Trump already has kicked around the idea of running for office: In 2016, she told Town & Country that she wouldn't rule out a run for the position of commander in chief.
"It’s not something I’ve ever been inclined to do, but I’m 34, so who knows?" Trump told the publication. "At this point, I would never even contemplate it, but that doesn’t mean that when I’m 50 I won’t have a change of heart."
What did Meghan McCain say about Trump's reported aspirations?
As McCain — along with the rest of the women on "The View," as well as guest Greta Van Susteren — discussed the news-making excerpts from "Fire and Fury," the topic of Trump's purported designs to become the U.S.'s first female president came up.
"If she’s qualified to be president, so am I," McCain scoffed. "If it only takes your dad being a famous politician, I mean, she is a businesswoman and all these things, but ... we are Americans and we don’t have a dynasty on purpose."
McCain added, "I think especially in this specific climate, in being against ... the Clintons, the Bushes, et cetera, et cetera, I think it would be a lot and sort of historically ignorant to think it would be easy just because of your last name."
McCain went on to add Trump "certainly can run," but qualified her statement with the wish that she'd grant someone besides Fox News an interview.