Every White House Feud That Has Centered Around Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump told Fox & Friends that she finds politics “hard” and has encountered “a level of viciousness” that she hadn’t expected since moving to Washington D.C. All of the feuds that have centered around her since her father took office can’t be helping — there are seven that we could list right off the bat.
1. Donald Trump vs. Jared Kushner
In March 2018, Kushner and Ivanka took their kids on a ski trip in Aspen. The same week marked the fight over the Congressional GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan, which was fairly disastrous for the administration. One of Donald’s close confidants told CNN that he was “upset that his son-in-law and senior advisor was not around during this crucial week.”
Kushner stayed only one extra day than Ivanka, also a top advisor, before heading off to vacation with the kids. Ivanka posted important White House moments and support to Instagram, but Donald focused on Kushner’s post atop a mountain bundled up in ski gear, instead.
Next: Tensions escalated between these two officials.
2. Ivanka Trump vs. Steve Bannon
The Ivanka-Trump-Steve-Bannon argument that pushed her to call him a “f***ing liar” and block him on Twitter must have been heated, right? Sort of. Bannon reportedly called Ivanka the “queen of leaks” during a meeting in the Spring of 2017 after Ivanka accused Bannon of being the one to leak confidential information to the media.
A Twitter bot found that Ivanka is no longer Twitter friends with Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist. It couldn’t tell if she unfollowed, reported, or blocked him, however.
Next: Sibling rivalry at its finest.
3. Ivanka Trump vs. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump
Washington D.C.-based newsman Bob Schieffer has spent 48 years covering the Capitol and its drama. Never before has he seen a White House so “chaotic and feuding” as Trump’s. “The White House itself is as disorganized as the bureaucracy is and perhaps that’s where it all starts,” Schieffer said this week at a CSIS “Schieffer Series” conference on the State of the Union.
Schieffer discussed the drama as a matter of factions and alternate “agendas.” “You’ve got the boys over here, and they represent their own agenda, and they don’t particularly like their brother-in-law who is married to their sister over here. And that’s another faction over there. When you had (former chief of staff) Reince Priebus and (former spokesman) Sean Spicer that was yet another faction,” he said.
Next: This White House employee tried to kick Ivanka out.
4. Ivanka Trump vs. John Kelly
Reports arose in November 2017 that John Kelly wanted both Ivanka and Jared Kushner out of the White House by the end of the year. The drama hasn’t ceased in 2018, and a recent CNN report claims Kelly privately says Ivanka is just “playing government.”
Kelly is known for his “regimented sense of order” and has expressed concerns regarding Ivanka’s trip to South Korea. “This isn’t like going to Italy,” a person close to President Trump said, “The stakes are far higher and more complex.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the claims. “General Kelly and General McMaster were supportive of the trip since the planning began,” she said.
Next: Ivanka’s drama didn’t exclusively involve Trump’s cabinet members.
5. Ivanka vs. Olympic athletes
It turns out Kelly wasn’t the only person unhappy with Ivanka’s trip to South Korea. Gus Kenworthy, a U.S. Olympic freestyle skier, posted his complaint on Twitter. “Everybody here has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics and have the opportunity to walk in the closing ceremony!” Kenworthy wrote. “Well … Everyone except Ivanka. Honestly, [tf] is she doing here??”
Ivanka was attending the U.S. gold medal-winning game in men’s curling per her father’s instruction as part of the U.S. delegation.
Next: Like father, like daughter
6. Ivanka vs. Donald
The holidays — they’re all about semantics, right? Not if you’re Donald and Ivanka Trump. Per his conservative constituents’ desires, the president vowed to end the “War on Christmas.” In December 2017 he made his Twitter banner an image of his friends spelling out Christmas, stocked a Florida rally with “Merry Christmas” signs, and promised that he and Melania wouldn’t go to stores that promoted the message “happy holidays.”
Ivanka converted to Judaism when she married her husband, Jared Kushner, and aptly posted a “Happy Holidays” tweet instead. Ivanka and Donald were split on another pressing matter weeks before the holidays: Roy Moore’s campaign. Ivanka told the Associated Press she had no reason to doubt the victims accusing Moore of sexually pursuing underage girls, while Donald endorsed the campaign and was allegedly annoyed at Ivanka.
Next: The feuds weren’t just personal …
7. Ivanka Trump vs. Nordstrom
The feuds aren’t all person-to-person: Ivanka and Nordstrom, the large-scale department store that carried her fashion line, were at odds once she entered the White House as well. Nordstrom declared it would stop carrying Ivanka Trump’s only a few weeks after her father was sworn into office in 2017. The department store claimed it was a result of the line’s poor performance.
Reps for Ivanka Trump’s brand took a swing at Nordstrom, claiming they only cut her collection online but not in stores. “Nordstrom ordered both apparel and shoes for the spring, and followed through with the order for the apparel,” an Ivanka Trump spokesperson told Refinery29. “They canceled the shoe order, kept the apparel order, and moved the apparel from online into stores. It’s there.” Sources “close to the situation,” told Refinery29 that performance wasn’t the reason behind dropping Ivanka’s line, but rather political pressure.
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