Democratic and Republican congressional leaders were meeting with Trump today to discuss a debt ceiling increase, avoid a government shutdown and pass a relief package for the victims of Hurricane Harvey when the President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, crashed the meeting.
Republican leaders were reportedly “visibly annoyed” when Ivanka entered the Oval Office to “say hello.” Upon her arrival, the meeting reportedly “careened off topic.”
Republicans already had cause to be annoyed. In exchange for supporting the $7.85 billion bill for Harvey relief, Democrats attached language to the bill to raise the debt limit and fund the government, a move that Trump ultimately supported. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), who was opposed to raising the debt ceiling, called the move “disgraceful.”
Cong. source to @deirdrewalshcnn on WH meeting: GOP leaders "were visibly annoyed by Ivanka’s presence" at end, said "careened off topic."
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) September 6, 2017
Aide with knowledge: "Toward the end of the meeting Ivanka Trump entered the Oval Office to 'say hello' and the meeting careened off topic."
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 6, 2017
Aide briefed on WH mtg says @IvankaTrump entered Oval to say hello, and GOP leaders were visibly annoyed by her presence.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 6, 2017
Ivanka, who was billed as a “moderating force” to the President, has thus far shown that she wields no influence whatsoever in the Oval Office. A supposed outspoken advocate for climate change, she was unable to impact her father’s decision regarding the Paris Climate Agreement. And whereas her past tweets showed her support for DACA, her words had no effect on her father’s move to end the program.
Ivanka may enjoy her walk-in privileges to the Oval Office, but Republican leadership is quickly growing privy to the fact that the First Daughter serves no purpose other than being an egregious display of nepotism in the White House.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.