No, Ivanka Trump will not moderate her father. She will just strengthen him | Kate Aronoff

Despite what Donald Trumps eldest daughter told CBS, her progressive image is just an illusion. Shes in the White House to further her own brand

The main criticism leveraged against the President Trumps oldest daughter has been that she and her husband, Jared Kushner now a senior Trump adviser are complicit in what her father and his advisers are doing in the Oval Office. By virtue of being young, photogenic and not visibly unhinged, Ivanka and Jared have been painted as the great moderators people with allegedly progressive views on things like womens rights and climate change, who can temper the effects of Trumps administration.

Her interview on CBS News this morning should lay those rumours to rest. If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then Im complicit, the presidents oldest daughter shrugged.

But as the interview shows, Ivanka is worse than complicit, and certainly no force for good. She serves a vital role in keeping her fathers administration afloat. Like Kushner and his adventures in the Middle East, Ivankas official capacity is ambiguous. Both have top-level security clearance, and have been sitting in on high-profile meetings between the president, various business leaders and foreign dignitaries since he was elected. Now shell have the first ladys office in the White House. Ivanka seems to talk a lot about Women Who Work, though exactly what shell do in that office remains undefined. Shes already an invaluable asset for her father: Ivanka feeds the illusion that the Trump administration contains moderate voices.

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