Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
At the start of Donald Trump’s presidency, it appeared that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, would be the voice of reason and sole bearer of a moral compass. However, as time has passed the 35-year-old has been facing an onslaught of backlash from critics. She was given a role in the White House as Assistant to the President, although what that entailed was never quite made clear, sparking a fierce debate about nepotism, and her clothing company has been accused of malpractice again and again.
Furthermore, she has been accused of being complicit in her father’s sexist, homophobic, racist agenda, and her recent decision to block Obama’s system to close the gender pay gap and ensure equal pay has really thrown Ivanka’s credibility into question.
But it seems that while public opinion about Ivanka is starting to rapidly plummet, her co-workers in the White House have long since made up their minds about the President’s eldest daughter. According to a report by Vanity Fair, Ivanka has been nicknamed ‘Princess Royal’ by those working in Donald’s administration.
Apparently she was given the nickname following her attendance at the G-20 summit in Germany earlier this year, where she stood in for her father and feebly attempted to convince Angela Merkel that Trump supported women’s rights.
Furthermore, the report suggests that both Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are a ‘feared duo’ in the West Wing where their offices are situated, and they often exhibit a ‘vindictive streak’.
A former staffer told the publication: ‘There’s nothing more obstructive and distracting and unhelpful than to have a bunch of stupid apolitical family members calling all the shots.’
It also appears that many of elitist New York circles that the couple used to socialise in have exiled the pair, with one political veteran noting: ‘What is off-putting about them is they do not grasp their irrelevance. They think they are special.’