When Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, called Donald J. Trump shortly after the Nov. 8 election, they talked about domestic policy and infrastructure. But when Ms. Pelosi raised the specific subject of women’s issues, the president-elect did something unexpected: He handed the phone over to another person in the room — his 35-year-old daughter, Ivanka.
Around the same time, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and the author of the best-selling women’s empowerment book “Lean In,” reached out to Ms. Trump, hoping to begin what aides from both sides described as “a dialogue.”
Anne-Marie Slaughter, a policy adviser to Hillary Clinton at the State Department and the author of “Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family,” had met Ms. Trump about a year ago at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. She also sent word to the incoming first daughter a week after the election, saying that she hoped to be in touch with her after her father took office.
“She is really serious about the ‘care agenda’ and can be a strong inside force,” Ms. Slaughter said in an interview. Perhaps most important, she said, “I don’t know anyone else.”
A month and a half before Mr. Trump is scheduled to be inaugurated, Ms. Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, 35, are key advisers to the president-elect, with Ms. Trump poised to be perhaps the most influential first daughter since Alice Roosevelt Longworth. They have attended meetings with political advisers, job seekers, foreign leaders and real estate developers eager to sell $2 million apartments as “president-elect branded.”
They are also triaging calls and emails from their own left-leaning high-powered friends and acquaintances who hope to influence the young consiglieri in chief, believing that if there is a voice for their causes in a Trump administration, it is likely to be that of the first daughter’s.
Ivanka Trump on the Late Show with David Letterman 2007 Letterman Show
It is clear and known that President-elect Donald Trump is so incredibly proud of oldest daughter Ivanka Trump, a seasoned businesswomen and powerful speaker. Ivanka has been busy managing her own fashion line, being a mother, and running Trump's non-blind trust. Trump is so proud of his daughter, in fact, that he has not ruled out considering her for a position in his upcoming administration.
However, the problem with Ivanka Trump joining Trump's administration is that it's a conflict of interest that breaks a law designed to prevent officials from appointing family members. Ivanka has already reportedly breached protocol by attending certain meetings with or on behalf of her father. The Trump transition team hasn't responded to Romper's request for comment regarding Trump's conflicts of interest resulting from family member involvement in his transition team.
During an appearance on this week's Fox News Sunday, Trump said that he would like to have Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, involved in his administration. Telling the show's host, "we're working that out right now. They're both very talented people." Trump told the show's host that he would "love to have them involved" but that he would have to see "how the laws read" to allow them to join his administration. "So we're looking at that from a legal standpoint right now," Trump said.
Trump's declaration that he wants to see whether Ivanka and her husband can join his administration comes on the heels of reports that Ivanka and Kushner are planning to move their family to Washington D.C. to be close to Trump and the White House in some capacity.
A passenger was removed from a JetBlue flight out of New York Thursday after reportedly harassing President-elect Donald Trump‘s daughter Ivanka Trump, according to the airline and other reports.
“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly,” JetBlue said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “If the crew determines that a customer is causing conflict on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane, especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of escalation during flight. In this instance, our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight.”
Senior sources in the president-elect’s transition team reportedly told ABC News that Ivanka was flying with her children – Arabella Rose, Joseph Frederick and Theodore James – out of John F. Kennedy International Airport when a passenger began shouting at them. The family was reportedly accompanied by Secret Service agents, but they were not involved in the incident.
Ivanka Trump, soon-to-be First Daughter, welcomed Rania Al Abdullah, reigning queen of Jordan, into her office.
At midday, the two met to speak about issues related to women around the world, according to a source familiar with the meeting, a slate Ivanka has offered that she will focus on once her father takes office later this month.
Ivanka Trump said on "60 Minutes" she would "be a daughter" when her father becomes president, but her actions have often suggested otherwise. She stumped for her father during his election campaign and worked extensively on his behalf on causes such as child care and climate change.
In August, Ivanka even got her father to unveil his policy proposals to lower child care costs, a policy that she partly crafted and included as a part of her father's political platform. She declared child care as a "top concern" of hers and pointed out how her father is "in a very unique position to do something about this problem."
Her expected work on climate change was also widely noted in the press after her meeting with actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. She was even rumored to be her father's choice as his climate czar.