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Hold for Ivanka

Donald Trump’s approach to women’s issues becoming apparent?

By WITW Staff on December 5, 2016

Donald Trump has been president-elect of the United States for nearly a month now. And with each passing day comes a new window into what his presidency may look like (and, usually, a new tweet fired off at an ungodly hour taking aim at some aspect of the entertainment world). The latest revelation comes via a New York Times profile of Ivanka Trump, 35, who’s now seen as now being one of America’s most powerful women. According to one passage, the report chronicled Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s call to Donald Trump a few days after his win. Pelosi and Trump reportedly discussed infrastructure. The two discussed domestic policy. Then Pelosi brought up women’s issues. And what did Trump do? He put Ivanka on the phone.

Indeed, Ivanka seems poised to have some role, formal or informal, in her father’s administration. Last week, reports surfaced that Ivanka was eyeing a possible role as climate czar. Then, on Monday she hosted famed climate advocate and former Vice President Al Gore at Trump Tower for a meeting. (Gore also met with the president-elect; ‘I had a lengthy and very productive session with the President-elect,’ he said.) Also on Monday, a report emerged saying that Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are planning on moving to Washington, D.C., further stoking speculation about her future at her father’s side.

Taken together, these signs all indicate that, at the very least, Ivanka has her father’s ear on a number of issues. And if his campaign serves as a blueprint for his presidency, Claire Landsbaum at New York magazine’s The Cut blog points out, then when he needs help on topics like women’s issues, he may often find himself passing the phone to Ivanka. In fact, that’s what other high-profile people besides Nancy Pelosi are banking on. According to the Times report, several high-profile women with agendas on women’s issues have just skipped the president-elect middle man and reached out to Ivanka directly.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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