As we get nearer to the 2024 election, one of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind is whether former president Donald Trump will end up running again. Normally, presidents who lose after their first term don’t run again because the party would rather run someone new. However, despite all the legal hurdles he is currently facing, Trump retains enough popularity and momentum that he may very well square off against Joe Biden once more.
In Trump’s own mind, there is no doubt that he will both run for president and win the election. In fact, he’s already making plans about who will work with him again, and one surprising fact is that Ivanka Trump won’t be coming back to the White House if her father wins. Just why does Donald Trump want to keep his daughter away from politics altogether? Keep reading to find out!
Donald Trump doesn’t want to hurt his daughter’s businesses
Considering how much his famous family was put through the wringer in the press during the last election and the previous four years before that, there are plenty of reasons why Donald Trump wouldn’t want Ivanka to work with him again. But we were still surprised by the primary reason that he gave in a recent interview. As reported by Yahoo!, Donald Trump that his daughter had been “making a fortune” via her “really successful line of clothing” before she became one of his official advisors. After that, “she closed it up” because “she sort of felt she had to.”
It’s a surprising reason, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Considering that Donald Trump has had a successful life and lifestyle built around his Art of the Deal philosophies, we can understand why he wouldn’t want his own political aspirations to ultimately hurt his daughter’s chance to become a successful entrepreneur in her own right.
Ivanka’s previous political experience
Donald Trump’s time in the White House was very chaotic. Between this initial chaos and subsequent controversies, it can be easy to forget the role that Ivanka played. Accordingly, even as you hear Donald Trump explain why he doesn’t want Ivanka to work for him, you may find your mind drifting as you try to remember what her actual role was.
As reported by CNN, both Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner served as official White House advisors to Donald Trump. This led to initial controversies regarding perceived nepotism and the obvious conflict of interest. Later, Ivanka’s political career would lead to further controversies, including her disastrous appearance at the 2019 G20 Summit.
Why Ivanka said she shut her business down
When Ivanka Trump went to shut down her fashion brand, she illustrated that she may be more like her father than anyone had guessed. Donald Trump’s political rise was largely tied to his ability and willingness to speak his mind, even if what he said came across as blunt or even crude. While Ivanka generally avoids her father’s crudeness, she knows how to cut to the case when money is on the line.
According to NBC News, Ivanka made an announcement that she was closing down her fashion line solely because of her new political career. “After 17 months in Washington, I do not know when or if I will ever return to the business, but I do know that my focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington,” she said. “So making this decision now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners.”
All of this sounds good and proper, of course. But there may have been a bit more to her decision than she was willing to admit.
Ivanka Trump’s history of alleged conflicts of interests
There were obvious ethical concerns for Ivanka Trump’s business when Donald Trump won the election. In order to avoid potential conflicts of interest, Ivanka had handed off the day-to-day running of her business to someone else. But she still profited from the business, and that fact later came back to bite her.
According to the Atlantic, Donald Trump used his Twitter account to shame businesses that stopped selling Ivanka’s products, and fellow White House advisor Kellyanne Conway told Fox audiences to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff,” following this up with, “I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody; you can find it online.” This led to major controversy regarding whether Ivanka’s famous family was abusing its newfound political power to help line her pockets.
To make matters worse: even though Donald Trump is now saying that Ivanka had to close down a business where she was “making a fortune,” it seems like the opposite is true. When the popular retailer Nordstrom dropped Ivanka’s fashion line, they stated the decision was “based on the brand’s performance.” If that’s true, then it seems highly unlikely Ivanka’s gig as a White House advisor was the real reason that her fashion line failed.