Ivanka Trump

Doug Wead: I interviewed the Trump family for two years and THIS is what I found

Like others, I have enjoyed reading the titillating, racy stories that have issued forth from bestselling books about the Trump White House. At times I felt nagging pangs of doubt, wondering why the stories always have come from anonymous sources. Doesn’t anyone ever go on record nowadays? And why were so many stories later denied by their cited sources? So when I got the opportunity to write an insider history of the Trump White House I fairly tripped over my own feet to get through the doors. “Michael Beschloss came to Mar-a-Lago right after I won the election,” the president told me, referring to the bestselling presidential historian. “He kissed my a– for a week, now he’s on television getting paid money to attack me.” What I discovered inside the Trump bubble was quite different from what had been reported. No, Melania and Donald were not estranged, they were tender lovers, who playfully teased each other. On almost any subject — North Korea, China, Mueller — the president brought up her name. Publicly, the whole family talks about what a privilege it is to serve the country, but privately they have no illusions about the horror they are going through. The president sometimes eases the tension by teasing the first lady, saying, sarcastically, with puffed up importance, “Melania, honey, look at this incredible journey I have brought you on.” “It’s like a joke between them,” Lara Trump told me. “Everyone is attacking all of us and she’s smeared for no reason other than pure jealousy and he says, ‘Hon, isn’t this amazing?’ “And she’s like, ‘Oh yeah, thank you so much.’ “It’s hilarious. I love it.” What about the theory that Donald Trump decided to run for president after the April 30, 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Everyone in the family from the president on down dismissed the idea and then proceeded to tell me how it really happened. What about that famous story of Bannon and Priebus and Ivanka Trump? When Bannon supposedly shouted to Ivanka, “You are just a f—— staffer?” “Never happened,” Ivanka told me calmly. “There’s no truth to it?” I persisted. It sold 100,000 books. “None whatsoever,” she said. “My life is too important for me to waste in rivalries and in personal vendettas. I choose to think the best of people. Most of all, I choose to be happy. I have no time for bitterness.” While I spent two years interviewing the family, a new book was published claiming to have the real story on how Donald Trump had chosen Mike Pence as his running mate. It was totally false. “Want to know what really happened?” Eric Trump asked me. And he then related the details of that night he and his father had steaks together with Mike and Karen Pence, at the Capital Grille at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis. It turns out that the real stories of what has been happening inside Trump-world are far more interesting than the fake ones. The president let me read his private correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He gave me his theories on who hatched the Russian collusion conspiracy and why they did it. So, with all the pressures, with talk of impeachment, what’s it like inside the White House these days? “There are two kinds of staffers,” Jared Kushner told me. “Those who want to help Trump save the world, and those who want to save the world from Trump.” Donald Trump is the sixth president I have interviewed and I came away impressed. Some will say that he is only lucky. He was lucky to win the nomination and the election. He was lucky to see what every great economist in the world had missed about the GDP, lucky at finding jobs that no one else could find, lucky at bringing back hostages that other presidents had left languishing in foreign prisons, lucky at achieving energy independence, lucky at defeating ISIS so easily. Trump is, arguably, the first president in 40 years to avoid starting a hot war. You can say he is lucky. I say he is great. Impeachment looms but the earlier, ridiculous claims that he is a Russian spy may have, ironically, inoculated him for history. What’s it like in the eye of the Trump storm? Calm and peaceful. “All of us hold out hope that the right thing will happen in the end,” Lara Trump told me. “Maybe we will all be long gone but, eventually, we will be vindicated and validated.”

Fascinating!  Thanks to Doug Wead for this little preview of his new book.  Look forward to reading it!  Doug Wead is the author of “Inside the Trump White House: The real story of his presidency” (November 2019, Center Street).     🙂

Ivanka Trump project to lift women in developing world announces $27M in grants

Ivanka Trump has announced the first batch of grants for her economic empowerment effort, the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. The White House initiative, launched in February with an initial investment of $50 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development, is designed to help women in developing countries get ahead economically. Its first batch of grants totals $27 million, for 14 projects in 22 countries, mostly in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Trump is daughter of President Trump and a senior White House adviser. The initiative aims to help empower 50 million women in developing countries by 2025. The budget Trump has proposed for 2020 asks Congress for another $100 million for the initiative, even as he has proposed cuts to other foreign aid. “We are just getting started, but we are committed to delivering real results that create transformational change for women in developing countries by helping them prosper in the workforce, succeed as entrepreneurs, and fight for legislative change,” Ivanka Trump said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. The first 14 projects receiving a share of the $27 million were chosen from some 120 entries, administration officials said Wednesday. They include an effort in Rwanda to help 1,400 women get into the African country’s fast-growing energy sector; a Latin American initiative that aims to equip 8,700 women with the skills needed to work tech jobs in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru; and a plan to support 5,000 women working in Indonesia’s poultry industry.

Kudos to Ivanka for spearheading this effort!  Outstanding!!     🙂

Opinion/Analysis: Insulting Ivanka: Why the media are turning on the first daughter

Why is there suddenly so much media hostility toward Ivanka Trump? Her visit to Germany has unleashed a wave of insults and snarkiness that seems wildly out of proportion to what actually happened on the trip. The short answer, of course, is that she is a target of animosity that is really aimed at her father. But it goes deeper than that. Some pundits seem to blame her for not transforming the president’s policies, despite the fact that he’s the one who got elected. Even more strangely, some blame her for not speaking out against her dad. During the campaign, when I happened to chat with her a few times, Ivanka was getting pretty good press. And why not? She is a poised and accomplished entrepreneur who handles herself with grace. I get that it’s strange for Ivanka Trump to be a top White House aide, and that some people can’t accept that. She originally just wanted to be an informal adviser. But with critics raising conflict questions about her business, Ivanka decided to relinquish that role and take an office in the White House, working with her husband, Jared Kushner, whose role in the administration keeps expanding. (Neither is drawing a salary.) I understand that her detractors say Ivanka owes her business opportunities, and now her political opportunity, to her dad. Fine. The president knew he would face nepotism charges when he made the appointments. And she had to know she was putting herself in the line of fire when she took an official title. But compare this to the situation faced by every first lady—and it’s an apt analogy because Ivanka’s high profile is partially due to Melania’s low-key role as she remains, for now, in New York. Each first lady gets a government staff and an international platform, simply by virtue of the fact that her husband won high office. And every first lady is widely admired, although there has been criticism of some (especially Hillary Clinton, who later sought the top job) for wading too deeply into policy. So is a first daughter really that different from a first lady? When Ivanka, noting that the president has employed thousands of women, drew some boos on the Berlin stage with Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, that opened the floodgates. Asked by NBC’s Hallie Jackson how she feels about being called an “accomplice” to her father, Ivanka said she didn’t like the word. “I think one of the things I value about my father as first a businessman and now as a leader of the country, is that he creates ideas and he likes to hear from people with divergent viewpoints. And that’s not always true in politics.” Still, we’re seeing headlines like this one in the liberal Huffington Post: “Trump’s White House Family Affair Looks A Lot Like The Most Corrupt Nations In The World.” CNN commentator and former Ted Cruz aide Amanda Carpenter said that “when I see Ivanka taking on this role, I really see her becoming like Hillary Clinton in the worst ways. She’s sort of becoming increasingly unlikable. She’s trying to get these jobs she’s not qualified for based on family connections.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews compared the Trumps to “the Romanovs,” saying the president envisions a royal family and “it is un-American. It is untraditional. It’s somewhat weird.” Matthews wrote a book about JFK, who of course named his brother attorney general. Times have changed, but it’s not like Ivanka is running a major department. When Joe Scarborough brought up Bobby Kennedy and Mika Brzezinski asked whether he was comparing RFK to Ivanka, he accused her of being “snotty” and taking a “cheap shot.” The Guardian ran a snarky column saying that “Trump invoked her own impressive achievements as an example of her father’s commitment to equality. ..Trump is, indeed, a wonderful example of what women can achieve with just perseverance, tenacity and millions of inherited dollars.” Some of this is so personal that it’s obviously not really about Ivanka. She is clearly more moderate than her father and has been an advocate for women’s rights, family leave and child care. Yet her detractors had unrealistic expectations about her role and insist on holding her accountable for his past “Access Hollywood”-type comments about women. Maybe a truly feminist approach would be to judge Ivanka Trump on what she actually does in the White House, not on their distaste for her dad.

Agreed, Howard.  Veteran journalist Howard Kurtz is the author of that op/ed.  Howard is mostly right.  But, he’s overlooking some of the glaring elephants in the room..  Yes, these pathologically hypocritical liberal media pundits like Chris Matthews ARE taking shots at Ivanka because of their distaste for her father, and her thus far refusal to publicly criticize her father, or undermine his agenda.  Yes, there IS that.  True.  But, Ivanka is well educated (she, like her father, is a grad of the prestigious Wharton School at the Univ of PA; an ivy league school), hard working (she was wearing a hard-hat on construction sites at the age of 15 learning the ropes from Sups and foremen), clearly a great mom..and she’s stunningly good looking..as her former modeling career can attest.  She’s everything the left can’t stand; a good looking, conservative, working mom…who is well spoken/articulate, and frankly does it all with a smile.  And, as Howard rightfully notes, she nor her husband are taking a dime for their work in the White House.  Take THAT Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and the rest of the losers at MSNBC!

LGBTQ activists held “dance party” protest outside Ivanka Trump’s D.C. home

Hundreds of people protested in front of Ivanka Trump’s Washington D.C. home on Saturday for “climate justice.” LGBTQ activists hosted a “dance party” protest to “send the clear message that our climate and our communities matter,” a detailed Facebook event said. A crowd of protesters took to the streets with signs to protest President Donald Trump’s administration’s stance on climate change, the Daily Mail reported. “The entire Trump Administration has shown a blatant disregard for our planet and its inhabitants,” the event page read. “Also, in case you hadn’t heard, Trump revoked protections for LGBTQ government employees and removed LGBTQ questions from the census.” Barricades were put up in front of Trump’s home by police, although it was uncertain if she and her family were home during the protest, WUSA reported. Police told WUSA that the event had ended peacefully.

Well, at least that’s good..  Hopefully Ivanka and her family weren’t home when this obnoxious nonsense happened.  We’re all for free speech here at The Daily Buzz.  But, there is a time and place for everything.  And, camping outside the home of the daughter of a politician you don’t agree with, or like??  That’s pretty low-class.  But, that’s how these militant, socialist, gay-rights groups tend to be.  Losers..

Ivanka Trump’s fashion sales are skyrocketing despite boycott calls

Contrary to reports that shoppers are avoiding the first daughter’s fashion line to protest her father’s policies, the president of the company says recent sales are among the best in the brand’s history. Abigail Klem, a former lawyer who has worked at Ivanka Trump HQ since 2013 and took over the role of company president in January, insisted that the brand has experienced a major boost. “Since the beginning of February, they were some of the best performing weeks in the history of the brand,” explained Klem to Refinery29.com. “For several different retailers Ivanka Trump was a top performer online, and in some of the categories it was the [brand’s] best performance ever.” Lyst, which monitors purchasing data from thousands of retailers, revealed that from January to February, Ivanka Trump sales increased a whopping 346 percent. “We often noticed sales and search data are related to current events,” explained Lyst’s U.S. public relations director Sarah Tanner..

That makes sense…  To read the rest of this article that the dominantly liberal mainstream media, and those retailers that pulled the plug on Ivanka’s products for purely politically reasons, don’t want you to read, click on the text above.

Ivanka Trump’s fragrance is number one best-seller on Amazon

It looks like many shoppers want to smell like the first daughter. Refinery29.com is reporting Ivanka Trump’s namesake eau de parfum spray is currently a #1 top-seller on Amazon.com. The “spicy floral” fragrance holds two top spots in the women’s category: one for the full-sized bottle, the other a roll-on, which is out of stock. However, the recent reviews show that customers are specifically purchasing the fragrance in support of the 35-year-old mother of three. “I bought this perfume in support of Ivanka Trump,” wrote one verified purchaser, as reported by the beauty news site. “I had no idea how it smelled. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and I LOVE it!!” “I love this scent and happily showed my support by purchasing this perfume,” another wrote. “Just wish I can fit into her gorgeous clothing line.” No recent negative reviews were shown. Amazon nor Trump have commented on the recent demand for the scent.

Very interesting!!  We’ve been saying here at The Daily Buzz that Nordstrom, TJ Max and other vendors who suddenly cancelled Ivanka’s line of clothing did so for purely political reasons.  This, and other similar stories, vindicate that position we took early on.

Thousands Sign Petition Demanding Hunter College to Fire Professor for Harassing Ivanka Trump

A petition is demanding that Hunter College fire Matthew Lasner, an associate professor of urban studies, after his husband accosted Ivanka Trump on a JetBlue flight. More than 8,000 people have signed the Change.org petition asking that Hunter College fire Lasner from his position due to his “immature and cruel harassment of Ivanka Trump and her family at JFK airport,” the Daily Mail reports. The petition was started by a group called “Right Wing Millennials.” “Someone like Mr. Lasner, who would harass a mother and her child simply trying to go about their day, does not deserve the honor of teaching,” reads the petition. “The fact that he tried to cover up and change the story around to avoid the consequences of his actions is also a testament to his character. He is NOT a good example for our youth,” the petition continues. Lasner and his husband Daniel Goldstein were asked to leave a JetBlue flight after Goldstein shouted at Ivanka, “Your father is ruining the country” before declaring that “She should be flying private,” Breitbart previously reported. “My husband expressed his displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane,” Lasner wrote on Twitter. But an hour before the incident, Lasner, who is very vocal about his dislike for Trump, wrote on Twitter, “Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil.” Lasner has since deleted the tweets and his account, but the backlash against him continues. People have given Lasner’s book on Amazon negative ratings shortly after the JetBlue incident.

I bet!  This lunatic should be fired not just for being an embarrassment to Hunter College for his poor manners and lack of professionalism, but for his idiocy.  In his breathtakingly rude, and unprovoked, rant against Ivanka (who was with her children sitting in coach on a JetBlue airline), this braintrust said, “your father is ruining the country.”  Huh?  The man has yet to sit in ANY political office.  Perhaps this so-called “professor” needs some education in basic American civics…and someone to tell him that Obama has been the President the last 8 years; not Donald Trump.  What a moron..  Yeah..  If you’re so motivated, go sign that petition.