Ivanka Mulling Her White House Surrogate

Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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Ivanka Trump is moving to Washington, D.C., with husband Jared Kushner, but Trump’s daughter reportedly wants someone to represent her interests with President-elect Donald Trump’s staff, according to a Wednesday report from Axios Media’s Mike Allen.

Ivanka decided in December that she wouldn’t officially join Trump’s administration, but she still wants someone to fight for her pet projects of supporting women entrepreneurs and economic empowerment.

“Following her decision not to take a formal White House role, Ivanka Trump plans to stay out of the spotlight for a few months as her family moves to D.C., hoping the temperature goes down on nepotism questions involving her husband, Jared Kushner,” Allen asserts.

“But then she’ll begin taking high-profile stands on policies aimed at women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment. A well-wired source tells me her focus will be consistent with her brand: issues affecting women who work, including family leave and equal pay.”

Ivanka hopes to plant an official inside Trump’s White House that shares her commitment to those issues, according to Allen’s statement.

“Behind the scenes, Ivanka is moving to put a high-powered, high-level staffer inside the White House to help her cause. My sources tell me her first and likely choice is Goldman Sachs exec Dina Powell, who runs the firm’s 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses, and was in charge of presidential personnel for George W. Bush.”

Powell officially announced she would join the administration Wednesday afternoon. The Goldman Sachs partner has close ties in both Democratic and Republican circles, according to Politico, and also reportedly advised Ivanka about transition team business before her appointment by the new administration.

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