Michael Wolff’s new book is making a splash before it has even been released. While the excerpts that have been released have revealed surprising information about Steve Bannon, the excerpts also revealed a deal that Ivanka Trump made with her husband Jared Kushner. According to the new book, when the couple decided to become unpaid advisors to the President, Ivanka declared her wish to run for president in the future if the opportunity presented itself.
“Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump,” author Michael Wolff writes in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
However, why does Ivanka think that she should become the first female president?
Let’s take a look at what Ivanka has done in her first year as an advisor in the White House.
She sat in at a meeting between President Trump and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. While the details of the meeting were not disclosed as the press was not allowed in, the New York Times reported that Ivanka’s company and Japanese apparel company Sanei were about to finalize a deal, which fell through after the Times report.
She hosted a White House roundtable with Justin Trudeau to discuss a project called the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs and posed for a photo sitting down in the Oval Office on the president’s desk (was she already preparing?)
She also sat next to Angela Merkel during a White House meeting, set up an office in the West Wing, created a trust for her brand (her fashion brand is handled by her family members like her brother and sister-in-law, though she still owns it), and met both Republican and Democratic legislators for a childcare policy agenda.
Ivanka has done all of these things as an unpaid advisor with no clearly defined role and no real ethical regulations to be bound by since her job has no true description except for giving the President “candid” advice.
When looking back over the year and connecting the dots, it seems as though Ivanka has been quietly gearing to enter into a place of political leadership and the presidency by meeting world leaders and working with legislators.
Will she really be our first female president?