Ivanka Not Behind Trump's 'Condemning Hate and Evil' Before Congress, Report Says

Hope Hicks was the person behind Trump's comments, a senior administration official told Axios by email.

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner watch as U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress. Feb. 28, 2017.
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Hope Hicks, the White House director of strategic communications, and not Ivanka Trump, was the person behind U.S. President Donald Trump's comment during his national address that "we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms," Axios, a political website written by D.C. journalist Mike Allen, reported on Wednesday.

Axios was quoting an email from a senior administration official, following Trump's speech to Congress on Monday night.

Regarding the source of the speech, which enjoyed widespread support across the United States, the official also told Axios: "The speech was all [Stephen] Miller, but Ivanka worked hard on it with him on many of the parts, especially affirming that the president's desire to have an uplifting and aspirational speech was right."

According the email quoted by Axios, "A week ago, Ivanka and Dina Powell [senior counselor for economic initiatives] met with the president on those parts of the speech with Steve Miller and Hope, and talked about those issues and how they would resonate in an important way."

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Hicks, a model turned PR executive who is reportedly Trump's longest serving political aide, has been known to engage in damage control for the candidate, President-elect and now president.

After the White House took flak for not mentioning Jews in its International Holocaust Day statement, Hicks told CNN, "Despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered."