Ivanka Trump discusses being 'competitive' like her father in 2014
Mr Trump has just days left of his presidency after Joe Biden won the US election in November. He has continued to claim, without evidence, that there was widespread electoral fraud and that the election was “stolen” from him and his supporters. The outgoing President has had an explosive few days after holding a rally in Washington DC, after which his supporters stormed Capitol Hill.
However, the states have all certified their results, 61 out of 62 of the President’s lawsuits failed, and Congress has now certified the result.
Both Mr Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have now accepted the result.
What’s more, Mr Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter and indefinitely banned from numerous other social media platforms, after he was accused of inciting the violence that took place in DC.
In just nine days, Mr Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th US President, but Mr Trump has said he will not be attending the ceremony.
His daughter Ivanka, 39, served as a senior advisor to the President during his term in office.
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Her husband Jared Kushner, 40, also served as a senior adviser.
Ivanka was seen by some as a calming influence on her hot-headed father, while others saw her as an enabler, who was only in her position due to nepotism.
Ivanka herself once admitted that she and her father have private disagreements, although she would never publicly attack him.
In an interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King in 2017, she was confronted on why she never speaks out against Mr Trump’s more extreme policies and rhetoric, and why no one really knows her views on key issues like climate change and Planned Parenthood.
Ms King asked Ivanka how she would respond to critics who hold her personally accountable for the actions of the administrations she works within.
She said: “I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence.
“I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard; in some cases it’s through protests and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue in which you disagree with.
“And other times it’s quietly and candidly.
“So where I disagree with my father he knows it and I express myself with total candour.
“And where I agree I fully lean in and support the agenda and hope that I can be an asset to him and make a positive impact.
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“But I respect the fact that he always listens. It’s how he was in business and it’s how he is as President.”
One of the issues Ivanka is alleged to have lobbied her father on is the treatment of migrants at the US-Mexico border, including the separation of families and children being kept in cages.
She even once publicly disagreed with him, admitting that she does not think the media are “enemies of the people”.
However, public statements like this are extremely rare for Ivanka, because she prefers to voice her opinion privately.
In an interview with ABC in 2018, Ivanka once again admitted she “frequently” disagrees with her father.
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She said: “He’s my father and he’s my boss and one of the reasons that we have such a good relationship is that I am incredibly candid with him.”
Asked whether that means she sometimes disagrees, she said: “Oh, frequently. And he knows it. He knows exactly where I stand on any issue.”
Ivanka’s influence over her father was highlighted in the book ‘Kushner Inc’ by Vicky Ward.
Ms Ward claimed several of Mr Trump’s advisers were concerned about Ivanka being in the administration, because he found it hard to say ‘no’ to his daughter.
However, in the end, they felt like her ability to reason with him was worth the risk.
Ms Ward wrote: “The difficulty, it was clear to [Michael] Cohen, was that Trump hated telling Ivanka ‘no’.
“However, Steve Bannon apparently argued: ‘I think we might need [Ivanka and Jared]. Our craziest moments of the campaign, the real craziest moments, even Hope [Hicks] can’t get to Trump. Only Jared and Ivanka can talk him down from the ledge.’”
Kushner Inc. Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’ was written by Vicky Ward and published by St Martin’s Press in 2019. It is available here.
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