Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, Ivanka Trump, managed to land her current high profile post based on a single qualification: she is President Trump’s favorite child.
That fact has not been lost on the rest of the West Wing staff who have watched the otherwise unqualified 35-year-old host summits, receive the high praise that they are denied, and sit in for the president at high level meetings.
According to reporting from Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison, it was one such high level stand-in gig, filling Trump’s seat at the G-20 Summit, that crossed a line even in Trump’s inner circle. Ellison writes:
“[Trump] asked [his daughter] to briefly take his place at the conference table between Prime Minister May and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. It’s not abnormal for a delegate to take the seat of a world leader at such an event, as Angela Merkel would later note. But when a conference aide tweeted a photo of Ivanka at the table, Twitter reacted with disdain at the clear nepotism, a response Ivanka must be getting used to. ‘This is strange,’ noted Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama. ‘Very strange.’ Even among some Trump loyalists, the breach of protocol was too much. ‘Excuse me,’ said one former Trump adviser. ‘This is not a royal family, and she’s not the princess royal.'”
The quote was especially poignant because it hit on a nickname aides have given the First Daughter behind her back.
“In fact, “princess royal” is a term that some West Wing advisers apply to her, though never to her face,” Ellison wrote.
Princess Royal is a perfect symbol not only of Ivanka’s petty entitlement but the way in which her father seems intent on running the country like a despotic Czar in a monarchy rather than the democratically elected executive of a republic.
Like Trump, a monarch’s power does not depend on winning a popular vote. No wonder our nation’s founders thought royalty was a terrible idea.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com