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Ivanka Trump Moves to DC to Take a Quasi First Lady Role, Says CS Monitor

"As a citizen, I love what he's doing. As a daughter, it's obviously more complicated."


January 20, 2017

Trump introduced her father in a speech immediately before his own speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in July. The George Harrison song "Here Comes the Sun" was used as her entrance music.

Donald Trump is not the only member of the Trump organization who starts a new job on Friday.

Ivanka Trump has stepped down from her post at the Trump Organization, the Christian Science Monitor reports, because she will have a quasi-First Lady role in her father's administration. She and her family have moved to DC's Kalorama district, the same neighborhood that hosts the Obamas and Jeff Bezos. Ivanka will fulfill traditional duties of presidential wives, while First Lady Melania Trump continues to live in New York City with her son Barron completes the school year.

In 2015, Trump publicly endorsed her father's presidential campaign. Trump was involved with her father's campaign by making public appearances in support of the Donald and defending him. However, she admitted mixed feelings about his presidential ambitions, saying, in October 2015, "As a citizen, I love what he's doing. As a daughter, it's obviously more complicated."

In August 2015, Trump's father stated that she was his leading advisor on "women's health and women" and said it was she who propelled him to elaborate on his views of women.

In January 2016, Trump was featured in a radio ad which aired in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, in which she praised her father. She appeared by his side following the results of early voting states in 2016, in particular briefly speaking in South Carolina after being invited by her father to speak, thanking the state in doing so.

She was not able to vote for her father in the New York primary in April 2016 because she missed the October 2015 deadline to change her registration from independent to Republican.

She spent a decade as an Executive Vice President of her father's company - the Trump Organization - as well as serving as a boardroom judge for a couple of seasons on her father's TV show The Apprentice.

In 2006, Ivanka filled in for Carolyn Kepcher on five episodes of her father's television program The Apprentice 5, first appearing to help judge the Gillette task in week 2. Like Kepcher, Ivanka visited the site of the tasks and spoke to the teams. Ivanka collaborated with season 5 winner Sean Yazbeck on his winner's project of choice, Trump SoHo Hotel-Condominium.

After graduating from Choate School, Ivanka attended Georgetown University for two years. She then transferred to her dad's alma mater, the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics in 2004.

Ivanka Trump studied French. Unlike her brother Donald Jr., she has only elementary knowledge of her mother's native language, Czech.

Before joining the family business in 2005, Trump briefly worked for Forest City Enterprises. In 2007 she formed a partnership with a diamond vendor, Dynamic Diamond Corp., to create Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, a line of diamond and gold jewelry, sold at her first flagship retail store in Manhattan.

Ivanka is currently Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization. She also serves on the Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, an industry organization that provides support to women professionals in finance.

Trump has her own line of fashion items, including clothes, handbags, shoes, and accessories, which is available in major U.S. department stores.

As a model, her first cover was a 1997 issue of Seventeen. Since then, Ivanka has walked fashion runways for Versace, Marc Bouwer and Thierry Mugler. She has done advertisement campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Sassoon Jeans and was featured on the cover of Stuff in August 2006 and again in September 2007. Ivanka placed Number 83 in the 2007 Maxim Hot 100. She has also placed Number 99 in the Top 99 Women of 2007 and then at 84 in the 2008 edition on

Portrait of Ivanka as a young model.

Ivanka was a childhood friend of Paris Hilton's. She was friends with Chelsea Clinton (daughter of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump's major opponent in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election), who said of her in February 2015: "There's nothing skin-deep about Ivanka. And I think that's a real tribute to her because certainly anyone as gorgeous as she is could have probably gone quite far being skin-deep." She was also friends with Georgina Bloomberg, whose father is Michael Bloomberg (a former New York City Mayor who had also considered entering the presidential race against Donald Trump).

Trump has a close relationship with her father, who has publicly expressed his admiration for her on several occasions. Ivanka Trump has likewise praised her father, complimenting his leadership skills and saying he empowers other people.

Trump reads books by writers such as Ayn Rand as well as has finance and real estate textbooks in her office.


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