Trump Defends Ivanka’s Private Emails As Lawmakers Launch Probe

US President Donald Trump delivers a speech during a visit at the American Cemetery of Suresnes, outside Paris, on November 11, 2018. PHOTO: Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

 

US President Donald Trump acknowledged on Tuesday that his daughter had used a private email account for government business, but rejected parallels between Ivanka Trump and Hillary Clinton as “fake news.”

The president made brutal criticism of 2016 presidential election rival Clinton a central plank of his campaign — insisting she had broken the law with a similar private email set-up.

But Ivanka Trump’s emails did not contain classified information and she did not use an extensive home server, he argued, insisting that his daughter and senior advisor had done nothing wrong.

“Early on and for a little period of time, Ivanka did some emails. They weren’t classified like Hillary Clinton. They weren’t deleted like Hillary Clinton,” Trump told reporters.

“She wasn’t doing anything to hide her emails… They are all in presidential records… There were no servers in the basement like Hillary Clinton had. You’re talking about a whole different — all fake news.”

Trump’s vigorous defense of his daughter did little, however, to appease lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who announced plans to investigate whether she had violated federal records rules.

Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee who is likely to become chairman when his party takes control of the House in January, hinted he may revive a probe from last year into Trump administration officials’ private email use.

“The White House never gave us the information we requested,” Cummings, who authored an update to the Presidential and Federal Records Act signed into law in 2014, said in a statement.

“We need those documents to ensure that Ivanka Trump, (her husband) Jared Kushner and other officials are complying with federal records laws and there is a complete record of the activities of this administration.”

During their bitter election battle, Donald Trump had called for Clinton to be brought up on charges over her use of a private email server while secretary of state. A favorite chant of his supporters was “Lock her up” — one he did not silence.

Cummings insisted that “my goal is to prevent this from happening again — not to turn this into a spectacle the way Republicans went after Hillary Clinton.”

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, a Republican, said he would also examine whether the law had been broken.

“We take this very seriously,” Johnson, who had his committee investigate Clinton’s email use, told CNN. “Federal records is under my committee’s jurisdiction, and we will dig into exactly what has happened here.”

The scandal came to light when public affairs watchdog American Oversight released emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests that showed Trump had used her personal email account hundreds of times to communicate with federal agencies.

A spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s attorney confirmed that she used a private email account before she was informed of the rules, according to the Washington Post, and said that all her government-related emails had been turned over months ago.

But American Oversight called her personal email use a “blatant derogation of the law.”

“It now appears that Ms Trump continued to violate the rules long after the White House claimed it had educated employees about their obligations,” executive director Austin Evers wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

“Accordingly, there is reason to doubt the efficacy of the White House’s efforts. Congress should investigate the steps the White House has taken to ensure employees beyond Ms Trump are following the law.”

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Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email For Govt Business – Report

Advisor to US President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump. PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN / AFP

 

The US president’s daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump used a personal email account for government business in violation of federal records rules, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

The Post, citing anonymous sources, said the discovery was made by White House officials reviewing emails in response to a public records lawsuit.

When asked about it, Trump said she was unfamiliar with details of the rules, the Post said.

A spokesman for Trump’s attorney confirmed that she did use a private email account before she was informed of the rules, and said that all her government-related emails had been turned over months ago, the newspaper reported.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly pilloried Hillary Clinton, his rival in the 2016 presidential election, for her use of a private email server for government business while she was secretary of state.

Then FBI director James Comey — fired by the president last year — announced that the bureau would reopen an investigation into Clinton’s use of the private email server just 11 days before the 2016 presidential vote, a move that some say may have helped cost her the election.

Trump supporters still chant “Lock her up!” at rallies, mimicking one of Trump’s battle cries during the election campaign, indicating they believe Clinton should be jailed.

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I’m Vehemently Against Family Separation, Says Ivanka Trump

US President Special advisor and daughter Ivanka Trump participates in a conversation on workforce development and news of the day at the Newseum in Washington on August 2, 2018.
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Ivanka Trump distanced herself from some of her father’s most controversial policies and strident rhetoric, saying she is “vehemently against” family separations and that journalists are not the enemy.

Speaking publicly for the first time since she shuttered her eponymous fashion brand last week, the first daughter and senior advisor to President Donald Trump took a decidedly different approach than her combative father to stress that the immigration crisis has caused her anxiety.

“That was a low point for me as well,” Trump, 36, told a conference organised by news website Axios, referring to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the stripping of thousands of children from their migrant parents.

“I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children, so I would agree with that sentiment.”

Ivanka’s position aligns with the opinion of everyday Americans, who polls show are largely opposed to the separations.

The immigration crisis, which swelled further when audio emerged of detained toddlers crying for their mothers, caused a firestorm and in June the president reversed course.

But as of last week’s deadline, 711 of the roughly 2,500 separated children were still not reunited with their parents, and officials were unable to clarify when they would see their family.

Trump also distanced herself from her father’s relentless condemnation of the media — attacks that have raised the levels of anti-press antagonism at his recent rallies.

While saying she had “sensitivity” about why some people who feel targeted have gripes with reporters, she said the name which the president has bestowed on them is misplaced.

“No, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people,” Ivanka said.

Her words came in stark contrast to those of the president hours later when he dubbed journalists “horrible, horrendous people” while speaking at a Pennsylvania rally.

 ‘Incredibly difficult issues’

Many observers at the start of Trump’s presidency expressed confidence that Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, formed a compassionate camp in the White House and would act as a check on her father’s cruder instincts.

That has largely failed to materialize. While Trump was said to have discouraged her father privately from the border policy, she said nothing publicly until after his reversal, when she thanked him for “taking critical action ending family separation.”

Last year, she urged him to keep the United States in the Paris climate accord, but her prodding fell on deaf ears and the president pulled out.

In November, as Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore faced accusations of misconduct with teen girls when he was in his 30s, Ivanka Trump declared “there’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.”

But two weeks later, the president endorsed Moore, who ultimately lost to a Democrat.

As first daughter, Ivanka has travelled overseas representing the United States, attended meetings with visiting heads of state and travelled domestically, fueling speculation she may harbour future political ambitions of her own.

“I’m really passionate about the work that I’m doing here and I’m really committed to it,” she said Thursday.

So much so that last week she announced she was closing her fashion brand, following criticism about potential conflicts of interest and flagging sales.

In discussing the immigration crisis, Trump described herself as “the daughter of an immigrant” — her mother was born and raised in former Czechoslovakia, and came to the US legally.

“So we have to be very careful about incentivizing behaviour that puts children at risk of being trafficked,” said Trump, a mother of three.

“These are incredibly difficult issues, and like the rest of the country I experience them in a very emotional way.”

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Ivanka Urges Trump To Address Family Separation

 US President special advisor Jared Kushner (L) and his wife Ivanka Trump arrive for a state welcome ceremony honouring French president at the White House in Washington, DC. 
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US President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump urged her father to end family separations on the US-Mexico border, US media reported.

Ivanka has made no public comment on the issue, but Trump told lawmakers during a meeting Tuesday evening that she had broached the issue with him, CNN and the Washington Post reported.

Congressman Chris Collins said Trump mentioned his daughter had “seen the images” and said they should deal with the crisis “for a lot of reasons,” according to CNN.

“He mentioned that his daughter Ivanka had encouraged him to end this and he said he does recognize that it needs to end and the images are painful and he’s looking for a legislative solution,” CNN reported Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo as saying.

“He discussed the optics and the policy itself, and I think he’s not comfortable with either.”

Meanwhile, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reported on Twitter that Trump quoted Ivanka as saying: “Daddy, what are we doing about this?”

Hours after Trump doubled down on his administration’s “zero tolerance” approach that triggers separations of migrant children from their parents, Republican lawmakers emerged from the huddle energized that he would back legislation that House leaders expect to bring to a vote this week.

But even after the meeting, it was unclear which of two rival immigration bills being brought by Republicans Trump favours.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump “endorsed both House immigration bills” during the meeting, adding that they “solve the border crisis and family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal.”

Ivanka Trump Photo With Son Sparks Backlash

Ivanka Trump holds her son Theodore (C) alongside her husband Jared Kushner (R), senior White House advisor while attending a Hanukkah reception hosted by US President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.  SAUL LOEB / AFP

 

Ivanka Trump is facing an online backlash for tweeting what one critic called a “tone deaf” photo of herself cuddling her son as outrage grows over a federal government policy to separate the children of undocumented migrants from their parents.

The eldest daughter of President Donald Trump, who serves as an advisor to her father, posted the picture of her with her son on Sunday, with the caption: “My <3! #SundayMorning.”

Critics were quick to point to a “zero tolerance” policy announced earlier this month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that authorizes border security agents to take away the children of people who enter the United States unlawfully.

The government places such children in foster homes, but Steven Wagner, a senior official in the Department of Health and Human Services told a congressional committee last month the government was “unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475” minors after attempting to contact their sponsors in the last three months of 2017.

“Isn’t it the just the best to snuggle your little one — knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms? It’s the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka? Right?” tweeted comedian Patton Oswalt.

“This is so unbelievably tone deaf, given that public outrage is growing over young kids being forcibly ripped from the arms of their parents at the border — a barbaric policy that Ivanka Trump is complicit in supporting,” added Brian Klaas, a political scientist at the London School of Economics.

Many others tweeted using the #WhereAreTheChildren hashtag.

Donald Trump, for his part, blamed opposition Democrats for the “horrible law” in a tweet on Saturday — though there is no law mandating the policy and it was not immediately clear what he may have meant.

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Trump’s Daughter, Ivanka And North Korean General To Attend Olympic Closing

Advisor to US President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, is seen during a working session regarding “opportunity zones” following the recently signed tax bill in the Oval Office of the White House on February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will come face-to-face with a top North Korean general at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in the South this weekend, it emerged Thursday.

The Pyeongchang Games have become a venue for geopolitics as much as sports as the nuclear-armed North mounts a charm offensive analysts say is intended to loosen the sanctions regime against it and weaken the alliance between Seoul and Washington.

Leader Kim Jong Un dispatched his sister Kim Yo Jong to the opening ceremony — which US Vice President Mike Pence also attended — and during her visit she extended an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to come to a summit in Pyongyang.

The family connections will be reversed at Sunday’s closing ceremony.

The White House said Donald Trump had asked his eldest daughter — who is also one of his top advisers — to travel to Pyeongchang to lead up a “high level delegation”.

The 36-year-old businesswoman and former model will be joined by press secretary Sarah Sanders and is going in part because “she is something of a winter sports enthusiast”, an official said.

The North will send an eight-member delegation Sunday headed by Kim Yong Chol, a top general who oversees inter-Korean relations for the ruling Workers’ Party, Seoul’s unification ministry said in a statement.

Kim Yong Chol’s presence is a demonstration of how Pyongyang is testing the limits of the multiple different sanctions imposed on it over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

The general is blacklisted under Seoul’s unilateral sanctions against the North — meaning he is subject to an assets freeze — although he is not named in the UN Security Council’s measures.

He is believed to have once led the North’s spying agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, and to have ordered a deadly torpedo attack on the South’s corvette Cheonan in 2010 that left 46 sailors dead.

Seoul blamed the North for the attack but Pyongyang denied involvement.

South Korea’s defence ministry has also linked him to the shelling of its Yeonpyeong island the same year, which killed four people.

 Moon dinner 

The Games have seen a flurry of cross-border visits and diplomacy on the habitually tense peninsula, where strains were racked up last year as the North conducted a battery of weapons tests and its leader Kim Jong Un exchanged personal insults and threats of war with Trump.

Moon — who did not immediately accept the invitation to go to the North — has been trying to use what Seoul promotes as a “peace Olympics” to defuse tensions and open a door for dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.

But at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, Kim Yo Jong sat just a few seats away from US Vice President Mike Pence, who did not exchange a word with her at any point.

Pence had earlier denounced the North’s “murderous regime”, and according to US officials the North Koreans later cancelled a meeting that had been scheduled for the day after the Games’ opening.

Ivanka Trump is scheduled to have dinner with Moon on Friday, and Yonhap news agency cited the presidential Blue House as saying he was also likely to meet Pyongyang’s delegation during its three-day trip.

But a senior administration official ruled out any possible meeting between Ivanka and officials from North Korea, and a Seoul government source also said such an encounter was unlikely.

Pyongyang has used the Games to try to soften its image in the international community and push for talks with Seoul — which would lessen the possibility of a US military strike, touted as an option by Trump administration officials.

But North-South discussions would have a limited impact on wider tensions, said Andrei Lankov, a North Korea expert and a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul.

“The major problem is between North Korea and the United States,” he told AFP. “Therefore, no amount of talks between North and the South… is going to change anything significantly.”

Washington has sought to project resolve in the face of a growing threat from the North — which has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland and last year carried out its most powerful nuclear blast to date.

The US insists it will persist with its campaign of “maximum pressure and engagement”, and has repeatedly sought to underscore the importance of a troubled alliance with Seoul.

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Ivanka Trump A ‘Rockstar’ In India, Despite Criticism

Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump waves as she arrives for a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad. MONEY SHARMA / AFP

Ivanka Trump on Wednesday pushed business leaders to change their attitudes toward women at an Indian summit where she has drawn mixed reviews amid criticism over her White House role and clothes brand.

US President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter stole the show at the summit in Hyderabad, where Indian officials feted the 36-year-old presidential adviser with a grand reception usually reserved for heads of state.

Trump, in her biggest foreign mission yet, urged India to seize the untapped potential in women and promoted growing ties between the US and the South Asia powerhouse in a keynote speech on Tuesday before Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

She returned to the theme Wednesday, stressing businesses needed to stop thinking about gender considerations in the workplace as “women’s issues”.

“We are half the population so we need to start thinking about them as critical issues. We’re seeing an explosion in women entrepreneurs,” Trump said.

Many attendees at the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit embraced her message, including calls for India to boost its woefully low rate of female employment in the fast growing economy.

“She is one of the most powerful women in the world at the moment so whatever she says does have an impact,” said Indian social entrepreneur Nishita Manne.

The tech hub of Hyderabad, home to the Indian operations of Google, Facebook and Amazon, was bowled over by Trump’s star power, decking the city in festive lights, colourful murals and billboards bearing her image.

“Ivanka Trump has a rockstar quality. She oozes glamour and class,” 19-year-old student Raj Shekhar told AFP in the southern Indian city.

“She has lit up our city with her presence. She has put Hyderabad on the global map.”

– Too much politics –

The visit was clouded by US media reports questioning Trump’s clothing line and its supply chain as well as a snub by Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, who has reportedly refused to send senior staff with Trump to India.

Trump had “failed to address the brutal reality (that) clothes and shoes produced by her brand’s suppliers, which outsource all their production overseas, are often manufactured under abusive conditions,” Robert Weissman, head of US-based nonprofit Public Citizen, posted on Twitter.

Others questioned Trump’s credentials to lead such a summit, disapproving of some overt political messaging about her father’s presidency in scripted remarks.

“I felt she has been talking more about politics than the real issues that women entrepreneurs have to face. We are not interested in American politics or her father’s policies,” Norma Uazengisa, an entrepreneur from Namibia, told AFP.

A US businesswoman, who asked not to be named, said: “I feel I can’t relate to her as an entrepreneur because I don’t think she has faced any real obstacles in her life.”

But start-up founder Upasana Makati said it was crucial to “focus on the positives and leave aside the controversies for once”.

“Her coming here means everyone is talking about women and entrepreneurship. A dialogue has been set in motion which in itself is a great start,” she told AFP.

Trump will leave India later Wednesday after a tour of a historic fort built by medieval rulers on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

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Ivanka Trump Urges India To Boost Women In Workplace


Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump speaks during the Global Entrepreneurship Summmit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 28, 2017. PHOTO: MONEY SHARMA / AFP

Ivanka Trump urged India on Tuesday to close its yawning gender gap in the job market, telling a business summit in her biggest foreign mission yet that this would bring huge economic benefits.

President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter urged India to seize the untapped potential in women in a speech before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and business leaders in Hyderabad.

India is one of the world’s fastest-growing major economies but also has one of the lowest rates of female employment, a trend that has worsened over the last decade.

The World Bank has warned that the country must reverse a trend of falling women’s participation in jobs if it is to achieve its ambition of double-digit growth.

“Just consider, if India closes the labour force gender gap by half, your economy could grow by over $150 billion dollars in the next three years,” Trump told the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

“I encourage everyone here today to come together, to learn from each other, and to find new ways to lift the barriers in our societies so that women are free to innovate.”

Female participation in India’s workforce has declined since 2007, particularly in rural areas.

Women remain in education for longer, but even college-educated women are staying out of the workplace — just 34 percent of those with a degree are working, the World Bank reported in May.

It said India’s female labour force participation rate was “uniquely low” for all levels of education.

Trump, without directly referring to India, lamented inequitable laws and cultural pressures that in some countries prevent women from working or travelling freely.

The 36-year-old White House adviser is in India promoting women’s empowerment in business and underscoring the growing friendship between the United States and the South Asian powerhouse.

She will attend a gala dinner on Tuesday with Modi, who referenced ancient Hindu philosophy, high court judges and India’s space programme when touting the contribution of women to the nation of 1.25 billion.

“Indian women continue to lead in different walks of life,” he told delegates gathering for the three-day summit.

“We have provided for not less than one-third of women representation in rural and urban local bodies, ensuring women’s participation in grassroot-level decision-making. More than sixty percent of workers in our agriculture and allied sectors are women.”

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Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton, Defend Obama Daughter’s Privacy

Lady Ivanka Trump. Photo;  ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP

Both sides of the US political divide are defending Malia Obama’s right to privacy after a video went viral showing the eldest daughter of former president Barack Obama apparently smoking.

Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump were among the numerous defenders of Malia, 19, on Twitter after the video on Friday seemed to show her blowing smoke rings in a bathroom.

“Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait. Be better,” Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic former president Bill Clinton and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, wrote on Twitter.

Malia Obama is a student at Harvard University.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of and an adviser to President Donald Trump, who defeated Hillary Clinton in last year’s election, similarly defended Malia’s right to privacy.

“She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits,” Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Indian City Bans Begging Ahead Of Ivanka Trump’s Visit

A city in southern India has banned begging in public places ahead of a three-day summit that Ivanka Trump is due to attend, police said Friday.

The daughter of the US president will join India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad later this month.

Hyderabad police commissioner, M. Mahendar Reddy reportedly issued an order this week that beggars should be taken off the streets because they cause “nuisance, obstruction to free movement (and) danger to vehicular traffic and pedestrians.”

On Friday a senior police officer who asked not to be named said the notification was part of the city’s “routine anti-begging efforts” and should not be linked to Trump’s visit.

He said the city had set up a rehabilitation centre where the beggars could be housed until they were able to “lead normal lives”.

Begging will be banned in the city until January 7, with offenders facing jail or a fine.

Activist Madhu Purnima Kishwar said the order amounted to “criminalising” poverty.

“It is cruel as it criminalises poverty,” she said. “Did they expect them (dignitaries) to take a stroll and talk to the beggars on the street?”

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Ivanka Trump Tries To Stay Out Of Politics

Ivanka Trump, the daughter and assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, discussed her father’s “phenomenal” political instincts hinting that she want’s to stay out of politics.

She made this known during an interview with the Fox News saying:

“I try to stay out of politics, his political instincts are phenomenal. He did something that no one could have imagined he’d be able to accomplish. I feel blessed just being part of the ride from day one and before. But he did something pretty remarkable. But I don’t profess to be a political savant.”

“But no, I think it’s normal to not have 100 percent aligned viewpoints on every issue. I think that would be a very strange and I don’t think anyone operates like that, with a parent, or within the context of an administration. And I think that all different viewpoints being at the table is a positive thing.”

Ivanka Trump is one of the highest profile members of the Trump administration and a frequent presence on the campaign trail,

Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner is a senior adviser to the president.

Ivanka Trump Named Assistant To President

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The White House has announced that Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee with the title of Assistant to the President.

Ivanka reportedly bowed to pressure following an outcry from ethics experts at her initial plans to serve in a more informal capacity.

The 35-year-old said she has “heard the concerns some have with her advising the President in her personal capacity”.

Meanwhile, her husband, Jared Kushner, is a Senior Adviser to President Donald Trump.