All the Ways Ivanka Trump Is Breaking Presidential Rules
It’s been said Ivanka Trump is revising modern First Daughterhood. She’s gained a spot in the White House West Wing — and in doing so, she’s put her roles on hold with The Trump Organization and her line of fashion items. Both the press and public have criticized some of her unprecedented moves over the past year; then again, one can’t say she hasn’t taken a hands-on approach to assisting her father, Donald Trump, in his presidency.
Here are a few ways Ivanka Trump has strayed from tradition during her father’s time in office.
1. She works for the president, who is also her father
In an unconventional move, after Trump was elected, he named Ivanka special assistant to the president. This is the first time a first child has held a formal position within her father’s administration. (Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner is senior adviser to the president, also an unpaid role.)
As her father’s assistant, Ivanka took his seat at the G-20 summit of world leaders in Germany in 2017. The president received criticism for sending his daughter, due to her lack of political experience.
Next: She moved right in.
2. She scored a West Wing office and an employee
As her father’s special adviser, Ivanka works out of a West Wing office. While this is unprecedented for an adult child of a president, it’s not the first time a commander-in-chief’s family member has taken an office there: In 1993, then-first lady Hillary Clinton operated out of the West Wing.
In addition, Ivanka received government-issued communications devices and security clearance to classified information. She also hired a chief of staff to work with her: Julie Radford, who also served under former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings during the George W. Bush administration.
Next: What happened to her fashion line
3. She has an outside business
To abide by ethics standards, Ivanka stepped away from running her namesake fashion label when she joined the White House. Yet she has come under fire for allegedly using her official status to advertise her brand — by being photographed wearing it and sharing such photos on social media. The Wall Street Journal found she wore her own brand in 70% of the outfits they reviewed.
Some criticized Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway for promoting Ivanka’s clothing line in a Fox & Friends TV interview. “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff,” she told co-host Steve Doocy. She added that she owns some of the clothing, telling viewers they can find it online. Conway was later “counseled” on the subject.
Next: We found her biggest fans.
4. She’s perhaps more popular abroad
In America, Ivanka’s unfavorability rating has gone from 31% a year ago to 42% today. While we don’t have a similar measurement from China, word is Ivanka is wildly popular there. Its people consider Ivanka to be “a genetic, generational, and Caucasian miracle,” according to Refinery 29. Apparently, to many in Asia, Ivanka looks Chinese, with her blend of Scottish, German, and Czech heritage.
“Ivanka Trump is big … in China because she deftly wields the two things that have granted women power since the beginning of time: beauty and money,” the magazine reports. It added that Chinese tabloids track the first daughter’s every move in glowing terms.
Next: What about her politics?
5. She pushes her political agenda
Most previous first daughters have been too young to hold positions and push political causes. That being said, Ivanka has been asking the administration to address affordable childcare, equal pay for women, and paid family leave. She hasn’t had a whole lot of success yet; liberals haven’t teamed up with her, saying her plan does not go far enough.
“It’s always easier to be for something and not get it done than to accommodate another perspective and get it done,” she said regarding why Democrats weren’t collaborating more with her.
Next: Toddlers back in the White House
6. She brings her kids into the White House
Trump is certainly not the first grandfather in the White House, but there haven’t been any toddlers around the place in a while until now. Ivanka brings her three young kids around on occasion. “They spend a lot of time in the Oval [Office] with their grandfather, which is a lot of fun for them,” she said.
Ivanka’s oldest child, Arabella, is better behaved with her grandfather now than she used to be, she said. “She recognizes how special the position that he’s in is and she behaves a little bit better.”
Next: More politics in the future?
7. First first daughter to become president?
According to Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Ivanka and Jared have “made an earnest deal” that Ivanka will run for president before Jared. “The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump,” says a New York magazine story adapted from Wolff’s book.
Even her mother, Ivana Trump, speculates this future for her daughter. “Maybe in fifteen years, she could run for president,” Ivana writes in her 2017 book Raising Trump.
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