- When it comes to the notion that Ivanka Trump is a “moderating influence” on her father, Mary Trump isn’t having it.
- “I think she’s the one who disproves that on an almost-daily basis,” Mary, the president’s niece, told The Washington Post in a new interview.
- “She doesn’t do anything,” Mary said. “She spouts bromides on social media, but either she tries to have an impact and fails, or just isn’t interested in having an impact. I can’t think of one thing she’s done to show that she’s moderate or a moderating influence.”
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Mary Trump did not mince words when she was asked about Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter and adviser, during a Washington Post interview published Thursday.
Mary, the president’s niece and the author of the tell-all book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” published this week, was asked by the White House reporter Ashley Parker about the notion that Ivanka is a moderating influence on her father.
“I think she’s the one who disproves that on an almost-daily basis,” Mary told The Post.
“She doesn’t do anything. She spouts bromides on social media, but either she tries to have an impact and fails, or just isn’t interested in having an impact.”
The idea of Ivanka acting as a counterbalance to the president’s more authoritarian and impulsive instincts goes back to 2017 and a series of stories about her private disapproval of her father’s various decisions.
Ivanka is one of the most prominent White House staffers, taking center stage on issues like paid family leave and more nebulous policy portfolio items like “entrepreneurship.”
Her outsize role has sometimes been mocked, like when she was dispatched to work the room at the G20 summit in 2019.
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Despite all the stories featuring anonymous sources discussing Ivanka’s influence, she has rarely broken with her father on the record.
“I can’t think of one thing she’s done to show that she’s moderate or a moderating influence,” Mary Trump told The Post.