‘You’re a goddamn staffer!’
Ivanka Trump is almost as much of a controversial figure as her father, President Donald Trump.
Sure, she doesn’t create the laws but she stands behind her father as he does, with her support for her dad actually getting her a White House position.
That’s right. The 36-year-old former TV personality and socialite was made Assistant to the President – a highly-coveted position – and given a West Wing office, classified information clearance and a government-issued phone - something that prompted the public to call out as nepotism.
So Ivanka plays the roles of both First Daughter and Assistant to the President - two identities she reportedly flits between depending on the situation.
In fact, according to recent reports, it has been a bone of contention within the White House walls.
This week it even emerged that she once had ‘a screaming match’ with former White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, for going above her station and bypassing then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus in gaining access to her father in a work capacity.
‘You’re a goddamn staffer!’ Steve Bannon is reported to have told her, according to an excerpt of Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, Fear: Trump in the White House, published by The Washington Post.
‘You walk around this place and act like you’re in charge, and you’re not,’ he continued. ‘You’re on staff!’
How did Ivanka reportedly respond? ‘I’m not a staffer! I’ll never be a staffer. I’m the first daughter.’
So, wait. Is she the First Daughter or Assistant to the President, first?
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