We cannot judge their job performances because we have no concrete notion of what those jobs are. “Senior adviser” is an empty, malleable title with no fixed responsibilities. It is not the title these two should have.
Why, for example, is Ivanka the recipient of an apology from Britain’s trade minister over embarrassing diplomatic cables that leaked this past weekend? Why is Ivanka meeting with the British trade minister at all? Is Trump’s trade war in her advisory portfolio? Does she have thoughts on tariffs?
Or consider her presence at the G20 summit at the beginning of this month, where a viral video showed the first daughter awkwardly attempting to join a conversational circle of French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the IMF’s Christine Lagarde. The president declared Ivanka’s performance at the conference of world leaders “amazing,” but why was she there? What diplomatic authority does she wield? Can she make policy decisions or merely influence and schmooze?