The Many Scandals of Ivanka Trump
The Trump family is no stranger to scandal. Donald Trump has found himself at the center of many expensive scandals. Melania Trump has had her share of PR problems, too. And unsurprisingly, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s favorite child, has had her own brush with controversy.
Below, check out the most memorable scandals that have affected Ivanka Trump so far.
1. She may have had plastic surgery
One of Ivanka Trump’s lingering scandals remains one of the most predictable. People continue to speculate about whether the first daughter had any “work” done. Some have posited that Ivanka had at least one plastic surgery to alter her nose. She may have undergone another procedure for breast augmentation. She may also have dental veneers. And some think that she started getting Botox, too. Plus, it seems that she doesn’t naturally have blonde hair, a color she has probably dyed it since childhood.
Next: Some of her scandals involve her place in the Trump White House.
2. She has faced nepotism accusations
Especially after hiring Ivanka Trump, the Trump White House has faced repeated accusations of nepotism. Many critics have pointed out that Donald Trump’s hiring of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner seems to place him on the wrong side of the federal anti-nepotism statute. The statute aims to prevent the president from naming his family members to government positions. Plus, neither Ivanka nor Jared had any government experience. So many critics worried that Trump didn’t focus on choosing the most qualified candidates for his administration.
Next: This move raised some eyebrows.
3. She took her father’s seat at the G-20 summit
New Republic notes that Ivanka Trump caused another scandal when she took her father’s seat at the table at a G-2o meeting in Germany. There, she joined a discussion alongside Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. “Many critics seized on it as an example of the Trump administration’s scorn for democratic norms,” New Republic explains. But Trump brushed aside complaints about Ivanka’s lack of experience. And he also dismissed allegations about corruption in his administration.
Next: She has this in common with Hillary Clinton.
4. She used a private email account to correspond with Treasury officials
Another of Ivanka Trump’s most notable scandals broke late in 2017. That that point, it came to light that the first daughter had used a private email account to correspond with the U.S. Treasury Department. Newsweek notes that Ivanka used the account to discuss national economic programs. Her messages also dealt with her meetings with global leaders. And she also used the account to discuss the child care tax credit. Ivanka and her husband reportedly used at least three private accounts for White House business. That seems ironic considering that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was “buoyed by public outrage” over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Next: Her choice to do this angered lots of people.
5. She defended her dad against accusations of sexual misconduct
U.S. News reports that in the wake of a New York Times piece claiming that Donald Trump “repeatedly demeaned women in his professional and personal life,” Ivanka Trump jumped to defend him. “He’s not a groper,” Ivanka told CBS. She dismissed the allegations of women who accused Trump of abusing and objectifying them. Ivanka said, “When I think about myself as a feminist, it’s important that women are treated equally.” She added of her father, “he treats women and men equally.”
Next: She missed the deadline to do this.
6. She didn’t vote in the primaries
As Snopes explains, Ivanka Trump didn’t vote for her father in the primaries. Neither Ivanka nor her brother Eric had registered as members of any political party at the time. (Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Jr., had registered as a Republican.) Donald Trump reportedly said that Ivanka felt “guilty” for not registering as a Republican in time to vote in New York’s primary. Because New York doesn’t hold open primary, citizens have to register as either a Republican or a Democrat to vote.
Next: She furthered what some criticize as a ‘pay to play’ system.
7. She was criticized for setting up a ‘bribery fund’
When news broke reported that Ivanka Trump was setting up a fund to “invest in women and girls,” The New Republic criticized the first daughter for creating a “bribery fund.” Donald Trump had repeatedly fielded accusations of instituting a “pay to play” government. So critics worried that Ivanka Trump takes the same kind of approach. Ivanka attracted criticism for “legitimizing corruption.” And many Americans regard the Trump administration as the most corrupt government institution in the United States.
Next: Her place in the administration might change.
8. She may not keep working at the White House for long
Newsweek reports that Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, has signaled that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner may leave the Trump administration sooner rather than later. Reports have indicated that Donald Trump has wondered whether the first daughter and her husband should continue in their roles at the White House. The reason why? There’s constant negative press about their involvement. The president reportedly confronted Ivanka about the coverage. He supposedly told her, “Baby, you’re getting killed, this is a bad deal.”
Next: People hated when she published this.
9. People hated her book
The Daily Beast reports that Ivanka Trump wrote a book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success, which garnered some “savage” reviews from readers. For instance, The New Yorker’s review carried the title, “Ivanka Trump Wrote a Painfully Oblivious Book for Basically No One.” The Washington Post titled its review,” Ivanka Trump’s Life of Privilege Undermines the Credibility of Her New Book’s Message.” Reviewers on Amazon and Barnes and Noble weren’t much kinder, either.
Next: This aide created one of Ivanka’s biggest scandals.
10. Kellyanne Conway promoted Ivanka’s clothing line
One of the most high-profile of Ivanka Trump’s scandals came when presidential aide Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox and Friends and promoted the first daughter’s clothing line. “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you. I hate shopping, I’m going to go get some myself today,” Conway said, according to The Atlantic. Critics argued that Conway’s endorsed violated federal ethics regulations against officials pushing products.
Next: Her business has created other scandals, too.
11. Her company has come under fire
Ivanka Trump has distanced herself from the company she founded. But she has still created several scandals by talking the talk about women’s equality, and then failing to walk the walk with her own business. The Cut reports that Ivanka’s designers don’t get paid maternity leave. And the company reportedly makes its interns work for free. (That practice has become common in the fashion industry. But it has also attracted a lot of criticism.) Plus, Ivanka’s company relies on Chinese suppliers that have been criticized for workplace abuses — an issue she hasn’t spoken about.
Next: Some of her scandals originated on social media.
12. She’s made numerous faux pas on Twitter and Instagram
Just like her dad, Ivanka Trump routinely causes controversy when she posts on social media. Her Twitter and Instagram posts alike have caused scandals. And many onlookers have characterized the first daughter as “out of touch” and “tone-deaf” based on her Instagram and Twitter. But some think that the public should cut Ivanka some slack. After all, most of us have made a few mistakes on social media. And you could argue that Ivanka’s social media presence is hardly as damaging as her father’s.
Next: Her outfits have caused controversy, too.
13. She wore a short skirt
Newsweek reports that Tiffany and Ivanka Trump caused “an international uproar” by wearing short skirts when they watched their dad pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Ivanka sparked a similar (and similarly sexist) scandal when she wore a pink miniskirt on an earlier visit to Japan. Some people think the president’s daughters should dress modestly and conservatively. But others consider it backward to police the first daughters’ hemlines.
Next: These people refused to work with her.
14. Many designers refused to dress her
As The Cut reported, many designers have refused to dress either Ivanka Trump or Melania Trump. Those designers have cited their objections to Donald Trump’s administration and politics. Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford all said that they wouldn’t dress Ivanka. But some, including Carolina Herrera, have continued to work with the first daughter without bringing politics into the relationship.
Next: She sometimes wears this surprising accessory.
15. She wears colored contacts
Anyone who looks very closely at photographs of Ivanka Trump will probably notice one strange thing. Her eye color seems to change. Refinery29 reported that “Ivanka’s eyes change color, and not in a way that could be passed off as a trick of the light or camera flash.” The publication explains, “In various appearances, she’s swapped her natural brown eyes for what appears to be deep hazel or bright green contacts — sometimes even in the same day.” Ivanka seems to wear the colored contacts largely for important political events.
Next: She angers people even on vacation.
16. She was accused of ‘ruining Aspen’
The Cut reported in 2017 that the Trump kids, including Ivanka, were vacationing in Aspen with their families. There, fellow resort-goers felt “none too pleased about running into the extended First Family in line for the chairlift.” Some vacationers said that everybody complained. Part of the problem? About 100 Secret Service agents had to accompany the group. The size of the group made it difficult for other vacationers to get tables at restaurants (or to get around town without running into terrible traffic). As The Cut put it, Ivanka et al were “ruining Aspen.”
Next: She surprised many with her political donations.
17. She donated money to the Clinton Foundation
Some Republicans felt shocked to find out that Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump donated a combined $105,000 or more to the Clinton Foundation, according to The Hill. CNN earlier reported that Ivanka Trump gave $1,000 to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign (a campaign to which Donald Trump Jr. gave $4,000 and Marla Maples gave $1,000).
Next: Some critics accuse her of hypocrisy.
18. She says she advocates for women
The Cut notes that Ivanka Trump “has consistently pushed the idea of herself as a ‘passionate advocate for the education and empowerment of women and girls.'” But as the publication added, “there hasn’t been much meat in that sandwich as of yet.” Ivanka did star in a campaign commercial in which she characterized motherhood as the most important job a woman can have. But her other efforts haven’t exactly shaped up as planned. Newsweek notes that Ivanka has interrupted meetings in the Oval Office to pitch her childcare plan. And she has also pushed for “other initiatives that have failed to take shape.”
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