Ivanka Trump Registers as a Republican for the First Time

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have long been seen as moderating voices in the Trump White House, with Steve Bannon once dubbing them: 'West Wing Democrats'

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U.S. White House senior adviser Ivanka during the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, February 16, 2019.
U.S. White House senior adviser Ivanka during the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, February 16, 2019.Credit: \ ANDREAS GEBERT/ REUTERS

First daughter Ivanka Trump has registered as a Republican for the first time so that she can vote for her father Donald Trump in the April New York primary. Ivanka Trump spoke to the New York Times Monday, saying, “I am a proud Trump Republican. I believe he's broadened the reach of the Republican Party, which is really important to me.”

Ivanka Trump, who is also a senior adviser to her father, added that, "In areas outside of my portfolio, I tend to agree more with the more conservative viewpoint more often than where the Democrats are today."

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, who are both observant Orthodox Jews, have long been seen as moderating voices in the Trump White House. In the early months of the Trump administration, White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon dubbed the couple “West Wing Democrats” and viewed them as his chief opposition.

Ivanka Trump’s global women’s initiative got a big boost in February when two senators — one Republican and one Democrat — began leading a legislative effort to have it written into law.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., are behind the effort, the senior White House adviser announced at a State Department anniversary event for her Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.

The proposed legislation the senators are introducing would make the economic empowerment of women a priority of U.S. foreign policy and ensure that the women’s initiative continues beyond the Trump administration. It would also establish an Office of Women’s Empowerment at the State Department.

Ivanka Trump said the legislation is a “long overdue goal.”

The Graham-Shaheen bill must pass both the Republican-led Senate and the Democratic-controlled House before the president sign it into law.

Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., will sponsor the companion House legislation.

The State Department event was attended by several high-level administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, along with members of Congress and others.

Separately, Ivanka Trump announced that the initiative had reached 12 million women around the globe in the year since it was launched in February 2019. The program has a goal of helping 50 million women in developing nations advance economically by 2025.

Nearly 2 million women have participated in U.S.-supported workforce training and development programs, and more than 9,000 women-led businesses have received more than $1.6 billion in U.S. government-backed loans.

Ivanka Trump has promoted the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative during visits to Africa and South America. She plans to discuss opportunities for women in business at events in Dubai later this week.

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