It looks like one of the most powerful driving forces and even the secret weapon behind the successful campaign of President-elect Donald Trump will continue her magic touch all the way to the White House.
With the incoming president's recent tweets regarding his business transition plans, he all but confirmed that his daughter Ivanka will play a role not in the family empire but in his Presidency. Trump tweeted that even as he is not mandated by law to leave his business, he would voluntarily do so before his inauguration on January 20 in order for him to give his full time focus on the Presidency. He also said that two of his children, Don and Eric, along side his business executives will manage their enterprises. Trump also promised that no new deals involving his businesses will be done during his term.
Trump leaving out Ivanka in his Twitter announcement of his general plans for his family empire is but a strong indication- short of a confirmation- that indeed Ivanka will play a role in his Presidency. This comes after revealing on Fox News that Ivanka and family will be moving to Washington when he takes over the White House. Reports also have it that Ivanka and her husband did some house-hunting over the week-end in Georgetown. Ivanka attended Georgetown University in the same neighborhood.
It was also reported recently that Ivanka would take on a number of advocacies, including climate change which she plans to make her " signature issue". True enough shortly after said report, Ivanka helped arranged her father's meeting with climate change leading advocates including former Vice President Al Gore and top celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner both served as key advisers to Trump's presidential campaign. Ivanka was also instrumental in pitching and crafting his maternal and child policy. In fact, Trump in one of his rallies in September acknowledged that it was because of Ivanka that he adopted as his policy the maternity leave proposal. He even entertained the crowd by imitating his daughter, " Daddy! Daddy! We have to do this." A Times report also said that after the election, House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump and brought up concerns for women's issues, at which point Trump was said to have passed the phone to Ivanka. These anecdotes reveal Trump's preference to " outsource" women's issues to Ivanka.
Ivanka has always been visible in Trump's major endeavors, be it in business and in entertainment through his reality shows. Ivanka is also said to be the closest to the incoming President and her opinions matter greatly to him. Those who are worried about Trump's stance on women issues, as well as other concerns where Trump may have made controversial, if not contentious, comments on are pinning their hopes on Ivanka to positively influence him, and serve as " the steadying hand on the wheel" especially when firebrand Donald Trump takes on some rough drives along the way.