Many thought that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner would be beacons of hope in the White House, persuading U.S. President Donald Trump to sway left on issues they once held important. For example, Ivanka and Kushner allegedly discouraged Donald from singing an anti-LGBT executive order back in February 2017.
However, as Trump’s stances on LGBT issues and health care have become more detrimental, Ivanka’s lack of influence has become more apparent.
Politico reports that Ivanka knew nothing about Donald Trump’s ban on transgender members serving in the military. She only knew about it when she read it on Twitter… on her phone.
Last week [Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump] were blindsided by the president’s tweet saying he planned to ban transgender people from serving in the military, according to several White House aides, a major coup for conservatives who had been quietly lobbying the administration on the issue for months.
White House officials said the first daughter was surprised by her father’s posts; in the past, Trump has been a supporter of gay rights. Ivanka Trump, according to these officials, learned of the decision when she saw her father’s tweet on her phone.
Politico also reports Ivanka “desperately wants to lower expectations of what she can achieve” in the White House and is narrowing her goals within her father’s administration:
“Meanwhile, she desperately wants to lower expectations of what she can achieve in an administration where she views herself as one person on a large team — even though other White House officials said she still has access to the president whenever she desires it.”
“Allies have bucked up her spirits by telling her that her legacy will look better in hindsight if she is successful in moving the needle on her stated issues. And as she navigates the unique role of working-daughter-in-the-White House, she is reading Eleanor Roosevelt’s biography for guidance and inspiration.”
Honestly, a hundred Eleanor Roosevelt biographies can’t get Ivanka out of the bed she has made for herself. Made, of course, with 300-thread count complicit cotton sheets.