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Ivanka tried convincing Trump on background checks by visualizing it as a 'historic' Rose Garden ceremony. The NRA had other thoughts.

Ivanka tried convincing Trump on background checks by visualizing it as a 'historic' Rose Garden ceremony. The NRA had other thoughts."They will love us," Trump reportedly said to Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's chief executive, adding, "I'll give you cover."



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Ivanka Trump's attempt to highlight gun violence in Chicago backfired when the city's mayor slammed her misleading tweets as 'nonsense'

Ivanka Trump's attempt to highlight gun violence in Chicago backfired when the city's mayor slammed her misleading tweets as 'nonsense'Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was "not going to be distracted by nonsense tweets from people who don't know what they're talking about."



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Chicago mayor calls out Ivanka Trump's 'nonsense tweets' about her city

Chicago mayor calls out Ivanka Trump's 'nonsense tweets' about her cityAfter the president’s eldest daughter compares gun violence in Chicago to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot responds.



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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher to be ordered to hand over private emails and texts

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher to be ordered to hand over private emails and textsThe House Oversight Committee voted on Thursday to authorise a subpoena for all work-related texts and emails sent or received by White House officials on personal accounts, part of a long-running probe into whether senior administration aides have violated federal records laws by using private messaging services for official business.The 23-16 vote, divided along party lines, puts into the crosshairs President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, both of whom have admitted through an attorney to using personal accounts in the course of their work.The effort is also a turnabout of sorts for House Republican efforts in 2016 to highlight Hillary Clinton’s use of personal emails for her official work as secretary of state.“The committee has obtained direct evidence that multiple high-level White House officials have been violating the Presidential Records Act by using personal email accounts, text messaging services, and even encrypted applications for official business — and not preserving those records in compliance with federal law,” Elijah Cummings, chairman of the committee, said.“What we do not yet know is why these White House officials were attempting to conceal these communications.”The broad subpoena includes all communications — even messages that contained classified material — sent or received by White House employees, including employees in the National Security Council.It specifically names Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff.The committee first requested those messages in March 2017 under the Republican leadership of Jason Chaffetz, after reports that multiple White House officials, including Ivanka Trump, were using encrypted apps to conduct administration business.CNN reported in October that Mr Kushner had communicated with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia using WhatsApp, and a lawyer for Mr Kushner and Ivanka Trump confirmed to the committee in March that they both used private email accounts for White House business.The White House has not produced a single document in response, Mr Cummings said. The Presidential Records Act requires that nearly all communications with White House staff on official matters be preserved and that officials who use personal accounts either copy or forward an official account on all such messages.Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the panel, painted the efforts as a partisan attack on Donald Trump.“They are so desperate to get the President. They just can’t help themselves,” Mr Jordan wrote on Wednesday on Twitter.Just last month, Mr Jordan and two other Republicans called on the committee to renew its examination of Ms Clinton’s use of a private email server.Democrats on the committee slammed Republicans’ opposition to the authorisation and charged them with hypocrisy after Republicans demanded thousands of Ms Clinton’s private emails as part of the Benghazi investigation.Mr Trump made Clinton’s private email server a central line of attack in his 2016 campaign for president.“We received those documents, and I called for them to be made public,” Mr Cummings said. “Our approach today should not be different merely because Donald Trump is president.”Washington Post



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House Dems back subpoenas for Ivanka, Jared private emails

House Dems back subpoenas for Ivanka, Jared private emailsThe House Oversight Committee voted along party lines Thursday to authorize subpoenas for personal emails and texts used for official business by top White House aides, including Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s chairman, said the committee has obtained “direct evidence” that the president’s daughter, Kushner and other top aides were using personal accounts for official business in violation of federal law and White House policy. “What we do not yet know is why these White House officials were attempting to conceal these communications,” Cummings said, adding that the White House has refused to produce a single piece of paper this year in response to the investigation.



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Ivanka Trump meeting with Kim Jong-Un revealed in North Korea footage, as excruciating G20 intervention prompts questions over her role

Ivanka Trump meeting with Kim Jong-Un revealed in North Korea footage, as excruciating G20 intervention prompts questions over her roleIvanka Trump joined her father at his historic meeting at the Korean border with Kim Jong-Un, a North Korean documentary has revealed.The “first daughter” can be seen in images broadcast on North Korean TV of the discussion between the US president and Mr Kim.The revelation Ms Trump was included in the talks will further fuel a growing controversy about the 37-year-old’s role in the White House.Officially, she is only an advisor to the president and has said her focus is on women’s economic empowerment and skills development in the workplace.But her participation in the high-level diplomacy of the North Korean summit came only days after she was seen taking part in the G20 conference in Osaka, Japan.A video released by the French presidency showed Ms Trump attempting to butt into a conversation between Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund.> Some new footage of Kim meeting @IvankaTrump and @USAmbROK pic.twitter.com/Pr7iwbdRJH> > — Oliver Hotham (@OliverHotham) > > July 1, 2019Ms Trump also featured prominently in official leaders’ photographs and was dispatched to speak to journalists after her father’s meetings with some of the heads of government present.Her G20 appearances have prompted widespread derision, with many questioning why Mr Trump had brought someone with no diplomatic or foreign policy experience to the summit and ridiculing her attempts to join discussions between world leaders.The excruciating exchange rapidly became a viral meme that saw Twitter users photoshopping pictures of the first daughter into iconic moments in history – including the Yalta conference where the Allies carved up post-war Europe and Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech in Washington DC – under the hashtag UnwantedIvanka.Firebrand Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also attacked Ms Trump’s outsized influence.Tweeting the G20 video, she wrote: “It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.“It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on. The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”A former US ambassador to South Korea, Christopher Hill, said Ms Trump’s presence gave the impression America was a “constitutional monarchy”.“It says to our allies, to everyone we do business with, that the only people who matter are Trump and his family members," he said.Despite her governmental inexperience and lack of qualifications, Mr Trump frequently hails his daughter as one of his most trusted and skilled advisors.He has publicly mooted the idea of nominating her to become US ambassador to the United Nations or head of the World Bank, and said she would be “very hard to beat” if she chose to run for president.Before Mr Trump appointed her to her poorly-defined White House post, Ms Trump had mostly worked for the Trump family company and run her own Ivanka Trump fashion brand.Her father’s trip to Asia ended with an appearance at an army base in South Korea, where he called up Ms Trump to the join him and the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on stage and described them as a “beautiful couple”.



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Trump nepotism attacked after 'out-of-her-depth' Ivanka given key summit role

Trump nepotism attacked after 'out-of-her-depth' Ivanka given key summit role* Experts say first daughter’s presence reflects gravely on US * Opinion: Laugh at Ivanka – to take her seriously is frighteningIvanka Trump with national security adviser John Bolton in South Korea on Sunday. On stage later, Donald Trump introduced his daughter and said: ‘She’s going to steal the show.’ Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/ReutersDonald Trump has been accused of taking nepotism to alarming new depths after giving his daughter, Ivanka, a prominent role in meetings with the G20 and Kim Jong-un.On Saturday, the French government released a video from the G20 summit in Osaka that showed Ivanka awkwardly interjecting with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, British prime minister, Theresa May, Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau and IMF director Christine Lagarde, whose icy expression spoke volumes. During the summit, Ivanka was also included in photographs of a group of leaders.A day later, Trump’s 37-year-old daughter became one of the few Americans to set foot inside North Korea as her father held nuclear talks with Kim in the demilitarised zone. The first daughter described the event as “surreal”.Then, addressing US forces stationed in South Korea, Donald Trump invited Ivanka on stage and promised: “She’s going to steal the show.”Such brazenly dynastic displays caused concern among foreign policy experts who, noting Ivanka’s complete lack of diplomatic experience or training, warned of lasting damage to America’s credibility.Ned Price, former special assistant to Barack Obama for national security affairs, said: “It’s one thing for Trump to have his relatives around him in the White House as personal consigliere, especially if they do have the calming influence that’s been reported. But it’s quite another for his daughter to represent the United States of America in the presence of world leaders.> It reflects poorly on Ivanka Trump that she lacks the self-awareness to recognise how out of her depth she is> > Ned Price“It reflects poorly on Trump that he would place her in that context and poorly on Ivanka Trump that she lacks the self-awareness to recognise how out of her depth she is.”Price, now director of policy and communications at National Security Action, a thinktank, added: “Above all it reflects poorly on the United States that we’re too often represented by unelected officials without any relevant qualifications.”Ivanka is listed on the official White House website as “adviser to the president”, focusing on the “education and economic empowerment of women and their families”. This has included several foreign trips, often promoted on her Instagram account.Her husband, Jared Kushner, is no less influential, and recently unveiled part of a widely derided Middle East peace plan at a conference in Bahrain that was boycotted by Palestinian officials. The couple moved from New York to Washington to join the administration, with Ivanka eventually closing her clothing business.Several leaders brought their spouses to the G20, but in the absence of Melania, Donald Trump brought his daughter instead. Speaking at one session, she said the world economy would get a boost of up to $ 28tn by 2025 if women were on an equal economic footing. Ivanka even released video in which she looked self-conscious as she summarised meetings and used words such as “deliverables”.But it was the footage of her conversation with world leaders that triggered a tsunami of online parodies.May can be heard saying: “As soon as you charge them with that economic aspect of it, a lot of people start listening who otherwise wouldn’t listen.”Ivanka then chips in: “And the same with the defence side of it, in terms of the whole business that’s been, sort of, male-dominated.”Lagarde’s head jerks to the left. She looks irritated.Democrats seized on the incident. Congressman Eric Swalwell, who is running for president, said: “This is your reminder that Ivanka Trump has no foreign policy or diplomacy experience. The American people deserve to be represented by a qualified diplomat, not the president’s daughter.”Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: “Being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification. It hurts our diplomatic standing when the president phones it in [and] the world moves on.”Trump drew his own sharp criticism over the weekend for his ostentatiously cosy relations with Kim, Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, suspected of involvement in the death and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who lived in the US and wrote for the Washington Post. Trump’s unorthodox approaches to trade, Iran, Israel and European allies have also received withering censure.Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, said: “The fact that Trump would let his own daughter, who has no training and no basis for participating in diplomatic events, [go to the G20] epitomises the Trump administration’s amateurish approach to foreign policy.“He’s very obviously thumbing his nose at protocol and decades of norms.”The Trump family business has drawn comparisons to a constitutional monarchy. Trump told the Atlantic earlier this year: “If [Ivanka] ever wanted to run for president. I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.”Ivanka’s brothers, Donald Jr and Eric, have become outspoken defenders of their father and are set to play leading roles in the 2020 election.Jordan Libowitz, communications director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (Crew) in Washington, said: “It is questionable what Ivanka Trump was doing at the G20 summit, but it is also questionable what she does in the White House.“She takes a very prominent public role without defined duties or qualifications further than being the president’s daughter.“More troubling is the fact that she continues to own significant problematic assets, from which she makes millions of dollars – including a share of the Trump hotel in Washington, which has become a haven for people looking to influence the Trump administration.”



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Ocasio-Cortez: Ivanka Trump is not a 'qualified diplomat'

Ocasio-Cortez: Ivanka Trump is not a 'qualified diplomat'Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sharply criticized the White House on Saturday night after video emerged of an awkward Ivanka Trump moment at the G-20 summit.



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Ivanka Trump Predicts ‘Golden Era’ for North Korea in Nuke Deal

Ivanka Trump Predicts ‘Golden Era’ for North Korea in Nuke Deal(Bloomberg) — Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump predicted that the Korean peninsula would enjoy a “golden era” if Kim Jong Un closes a deal with her father to relinquish his nuclear weapons.“We are on the precipice of ushering in potentially a golden era for the Korean peninsula,” Trump said in an interview in Seoul on Sunday. “There are serious steps that need to be taken by North Korea to realize that goal — of course, denuclearization.”The U.S. president is meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-In today and then plans to travel to the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas, where he hopes to briefly meet Kim. Donald Trump said in a news conference following the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan on Saturday that he’d step over the border into North Korea if invited by Kim, which would make him the first sitting American president to visit the isolated country.“I understand they want to meet,” Trump said of the North Koreans at a meeting with South Korean business leaders on Sunday. But he didn’t indicate whether Kim would show up.“I’d love to say hello,” he said. “Let’s see what happens. They’re trying to work it out. Not so easy.”Ivanka Trump said she would “absolutely” enter North Korea with her father. “If I was invited I would,” she said, calling the possibility of her father entering the country “a very meaningful moment.”It’s unknown whether Kim will appear at the border. Trump said Saturday evening that Pyongyang had responded to his invitation — delivered via Twitter in what he described as a snap decision yesterday morning — but he didn’t elaborate. North Korean media reports were silent on the matter on Sunday.The White House’s official schedule for Trump’s day in South Korea doesn’t list a Kim meeting at the border and allows little time for it. Ivanka Trump declined to say whether there was any update on Kim.“I’ll let the team roll that one out,” she said. Sunday’s events would be “another step” toward an agreement with Pyongyang “regardless of whether there’s a meeting,” she said.(Updates with President Trump saying North Koreans want to meet, in fourth paragraph.)\–With assistance from Margaret Talev and Jihye Lee.To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Jacobs in Seoul at jjacobs68@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, Derek WallbankFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Ivanka Trump could be on next target list from House Democrats: panel chairman

Ivanka Trump could be on next target list from House Democrats: panel chairmanThe list of people from whom Democrats sought documents for a corruption investigation of the president covered a who’s who of Trump family members and associates. Also absent from the list were former senior White House officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly and economic adviser Gary Cohn. Both spent more than a year in Trump’s inner circle and have featured prominently in books and other published accounts of conditions in the Trump White House.



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