Ivanka Trump Took a White House Job Because She Wants to Be PresidentPhoto by Win McNamee/Getty Politics News Ivanka Trump
According to a report from New York Magazine, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made a joint deal that, if given the future opportunity, she would be the one to run for president.
The feature by Michael Wolff, titled, “Donald Trump Didn’t Want To Be President,” describes the dysfunctional early days of the administration and the rising tension between Steve Bannon and “Jarvanka,” the term Bannon coined to refer to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Wolff writes that Jarvanka took their controversial White House advisor positions against “the advice of almost everyone they knew.” The reason? Future ambitions, including the presidential kind. Referring to the couple’s deal for a potential Ivanka Trump presidential run, Bannon said, “They didn’t say that? Stop. Oh, come on. They didn’t actually say that? Please don’t tell me that. Oh my God.”
Hillary Clinton, the nation’s first serious female presidential contender, fell short of the presidency in 2016 despite winning the popular vote by nearly three million votes and despite her considerable experience as former Secretary of State, U.S. senator and First Lady, but apparently Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Trump and a fashion entrepreneur with no previous political experience, seems poised to become the country’s first female president.
Though Ivanka Trump is far more eloquent and seems far more reasonable in comparison to her unhinged father (which doesn’t really say much), it’s worth noting the criticisms against her for her brand of white, privileged feminism and feminism that appears flimsy, considering her silence regarding sexual harassment (particularly claims against her father), her clothing line’s questionable labor practices, which disproportionately affected female workers, and several other instances in which she has defied feminist principles.
Ivanka Trump’s role as White House advisor has also repeatedly come under fire, whether it was taking her father’s seat at the G20 Summit among other world leaders or the way that the administration has been perhaps unethically pushing her clothing line. In reference to Ivanka’s contentious White House position, Wolff notes, “If it wasn’t pure opportunism, it was certainly transactional.”
To hear more of Wolff’s behind-the-scenes stories from the White House, check out his forthcoming book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, out on Jan. 9.