She is as hard working as her father, and as enthusiastic to serve. And like him, too, she wastes no time.
Ivanka Trump, eldest daughter of President- elect Donald Trump is reportedly busy calling Republican members of Congress to start work and potentially get commitment for child care legislation.
This was revealed by Sarah Chamberlain, president and CEO of the center-right organization Republican Main Street Partnership who shared with Independent Journal Review that Ivanka in fact started making the calls since last month, after her father's upset victory. Chamberlain said child care provisions would be a big issue for Ivanka. A Congress member has also informed her of an ongoing discussion with Ivanka on the matter.
Ivanka has yet to be given a formal role in her father's presidency, but it is a widely-known fact that she holds a huge influence on the President-elect from the start of his presidential aspiration to the successful campaign. One of Ivanka's biggest contributions is said to be on matters of policy, especially on issues that she has a personal interest in like child policy.
The Georgetown University- educated businesswoman played a key role in shaping her father's child care policy position during the campaign. As Republican nominee, Trump told the crowd in his Pennsylvania rally that America needs working mothers to be fairly compensated for their work, and to have access to affordable, quality child care for their kids.
Ivanka also came out during the campaign with a TV advertisement trumpeting her father's maternal and child care plan especially for the sake of working mothers. Trump in an interview with Fox News last weekend acknowledged that Ivanka is persistent in advising him on matters that she feels strongly about. " Daddy! Daddy! We have to do this!", Trump even lovingly mimicked his daughter's words as he talked about her child care policy proposals.
Included in Trump's child care policy proposals are to make it mandatory for companies to provide six weeks of compensation for maternity leave, reforming the tax code to allow deductions for child care expenses, and expanded earned income tax credit for low income families.
The First Daughter is a mother to three young children, including an eight-month old baby while being an accomplished career- woman playing a pivotal part in running the family business empire. Trump has announced that his sons will take over the family enterprises when he takes his oath of office, but left out Ivanka in the family business transition plans, a move which many observers see as short of a confirmation that Ivanka will play a crucial role in his administration instead. The incoming President also shared his hopes that Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner would join him in Washington, and describe the couple as " very talented people". Trump also said that no one can do it better than Ivanka on matters of women and child policy. Ivanka was also reported to have taken a keen interest on climate change issues, playing a crucial role in arranging Trump's meetings with leading climate change advocates Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Just this week, it has been reported that the White House's East Wing is being prepared for Ivanka. The area is traditionally reserved for the first lady, leaving many to conclude that with Melania Trump opting to stay behind in New York to take care of son Barron as he completes the school year, Ivanka will be the competent, logical and pleasant choice to take on the duty of de facto first lady.
Chamberlain said Ivanka would be a "great addition" to her father's administration.