First daughter Ivanka Trump is grating on other West Wing staffers and has pissed off White House chief of staff John Kelly, who has complained that she is simply “playing government,” based on a report Tuesday.
The retired Marine general believes President Trump’s daughter is attempting to have it both ways, serving as a senior adviser to her father one moment and then appearing like his daughter the next, depending on the situation, CNN reported.
Kelly has additionally dismissed her policy agenda and referred to her child tax credit as “a pet project,” the report mentioned.
She’s married to Jared Kushner, who additionally plays a leading role within the White House and has come under scrutiny because he’s been unable to get a permanent security clearance.
The already ruffled feathers between the mom of three, who keeps an workplace within the White House, and staffers were further ruffled when the president selected her to lead the United States delegation to the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in South Korea over the weekend.
The choice to ship her to PyeongChang didn’t go over well with other aides and Kelly, who believed the visit to South Korea was about more than simply attending a sporting occasion in light of the tensions between the US and North Korea over the regime’s nuclear weapons program.
“This isn’t like going to Italy. The stakes are far higher and more complex,” CNN reported, citing an individual near the president.
Despite her lack of expertise in government and diplomacy, she huddled with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and was the public face of the delegation.
Her visit additionally created its own share of controversy, with a US Olympic athlete questioning why she was there, and along with her dodging a question in regards to the president’s denials of sexual misconduct.
Skier Gus Kenworthy praised his teammates at the games but not Ivanka.
“Everybody here has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics and have the opportunity to walk in the closing ceremony! Well … Everyone except Ivanka. Honestly, tf is she doing here??,” he posted.
And in an interview she gave to NBC News while in South Korea, she was criticized for shifting roles from White House adviser to daughter when she labeled a question about her father’s reported infidelities “inappropriate.”
Asked if she believed the women who accused the president of sexual harassment, she bristled.
“I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated there’s no truth to it,” she replied.