Ivanka Trump yearns for individuality and wants the public to view her in a separate light from Jared Kushner’s White House image, according to a Washington Post in-depth report written by journalists Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker about the first daughter.
As the report highlights, President Donald Trump’s daughter and special assistant has “long desired individuality” in her work, and that even means being separate from her husband, who serves as the president’s senior adviser.
Ivanka and Jared have been dubbed “Javanka,” a nickname they despise. They view it as “disparaging” and think it originated in the early stages of the presidency by those trying to undermine them, such as former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon. The Post adds that Ivanka “resents that she and her husband are seen as a single unit.” The main reason has to do with their work portfolios being different.
Kushner was brought in as senior adviser tasked with forging peace relations with the Middle East, securing a good relationship with Mexico, and restructuring domestic prisons. Ivanka’s portfolio involved work to gain congressional votes and public support for the Republican tax plan that included expansion of the childhood tax credit. She has also advocated for paid family leave and science and technology education to name a few items on her agenda.
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Kushner has been under scrutiny by Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the possibility of Russian collusion before the 2016 election. Business transactions in his family’s real estate business and his work in the government has been of interest in the probe. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly recently downgraded Jared’s security clearance, which has been speculated as a “power play.” It’s unknown what Ivanka’s security status is.
The report delves more into what Ivanka Trump does in her work. For instance, she did her homework before meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife before attending the Winter Olympics closing ceremonies. While the plane was flying over the Pacific, Ivanka studied hours worth of dossiers to prepare for the meeting. Ivanka told the Post that she doesn’t like to leave a lot up to “fate,” so she over-prepares at times.
On Wednesday, Cheat Sheet posted an article about the body language observed between Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. The point was to highlight in certain images how “cold ” and “emotionless” their marriage seems to be. The article was similar to many written about the nonverbal behavior between Donald and Melania Trump. A series of photos depict Ivanka and Jared lacking in PDA or instances in which Ivanka leaves Jared behind her as she walks ahead of him. The couple has their share of scrutiny during a time Ivanka wishes her accomplishments were appreciated in a more independent fashion.