Greg Olear looks at the evidence.
BuzzFeed News: “The announcement that Ivanka Trump would speak at the Doha Forum in Qatar prompted a wave of speculation from the foreign policy community about what the US President’s daughter might be doing in the Gulf state… But while her mere presence sent a political signal, what actually happened was far stranger.”
“In a room packed with high level officials from around the world, Trump answered admiring questions about her pet project advocating for women’s economic development from a spokesperson for her own government, who is also working on the project.”
Ivanka Trump told the AP that the identity of the whistleblower is not important.
Said Trump: “I don’t view the whistleblower as… it shouldn’t be a substantive part of the conversation because this is a third-party who was not privy to the call and did not have firsthand information.”
Her position, of course, is in stark contrast to that of her father and many of his supporters.
Ivanka Trump tweeted a quote from Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to his daughter: “…surrounded by enemies and spies catching and perverting every word that falls from my lips or flows from my pen, and inventing where facts fail them.”
She added: “Some things never change, dad!”
After the White House announced late last night the U.S. would be essentially approving a Turkish incursion into Syria — contrary to what had been long-standing policy — Ryan Lizza dug up a 2012 tweet from Ivanka Trump celebrating the launch of Trump Towers Istanbul.
Said Lizza: “This is why presidents divest. It is crazy that a president is making national security decisions like the one tonight when he has lucrative business relationships at stake in the country that will benefit.”
Washington Post: “President Trump’s deepest desires are primal and obvious: to be loved and worshiped. What his daughter wants has always been a little harder to pin down, but when she’s traveling abroad you see it plain: to be legitimate. To earn respect in a cohort composed not of the sycophants her father favors but of intellectual leaders. To fit in well enough that foreign dignitaries begin to think she really is one of the foremost experts the United States has to offer.”
“To be Ivanka abroad is to escape from the utter weirdness of this White House, with its rally chants and doctored weather charts, and instead give speeches to erudite diplomatic allies who are protocol-bound to nod and smile.”
Elaina Plott: “Since joining her father’s White House as a senior adviser in early 2017, the first daughter has reserved the right to toggle between a strict and loose construction of her portfolio. When flashy opportunities arise—such as the chance to play diplomat with Kim Jong Un—the edges of her purview, which she often defines as ‘women’s economic empowerment,’ become conveniently blurry. But when the issue du jour is particularly messy, she is quick to clarify its limits, thus absolving herself of accountability for problems that exist outside it. When The View’s Abby Huntsman, for example, asked Trump in February why she didn’t speak up about family separations along the U.S.-Mexico border, she objected that she is ‘not president of all women’s issues.'”
“This awkward dance underscores the true nature of Trump’s silence on a flurry of new controversies surrounding her father: She is declining to speak out not because of the limits of her portfolio. She simply does not want to.”
Said one former White House official: “It’s an exclusive club. People who want to be in charge of everything, but when the going gets weird, just disappear.”
“Few Americans alive today have set foot inside North Korea, the isolated, nuclear-armed dictatorship sometimes called the Hermit Kingdom,” the Washington Post reports.
“On Sunday, Ivanka Trump became one of them, capping a consequential three-day Asian trip in which the president’s eldest daughter played a very public role that blended family ties with diplomatic work that is usually performed by diplomats.”
“She pronounced the short walk to the other side of one of the world’s most fortified borders ‘surreal.'”
New York Times: “They are there before 7 a.m. to catch Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner departing for work. After switching shifts midday, they are also there at 8 p.m., when the couple usually return home. This repeats itself most days, including weekends and holidays.”
“Neighbors don’t seem to mind or even take notice. That’s because Kalorama already has its share of high-profile officials, with as many black town cars and Chevy Suburbans idling on its leafy drives as one might see in gangster’s cortège.”
“The paparazzi stay sandwiched between the Secret Service detail guarding the Trump-Kushner residence and another detail guarding the Obamas, who live a block away… Still, it’s a somniferous situation for the photographers, who camp out in their cars for hours at a time for a few seconds of activity.”
Ivanka Trump told the Associated Press that her father asked her if she was interested in taking the job of World Bank chief but she passed on it.
Asked if her father had approached her about other top jobs, Ivanka Trump said she’d “keep that between” them.
“If she ever wanted to run for president, I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.”
— President Trump, quoted by The Atlantic, on his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
President Trump told The Atlantic that he considered nominating his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, to be president of the World Bank in part because “she’s very good with numbers.”
Said Trump: “She’s a natural diplomat. She would’ve been great at the United Nations, as an example.”
Asked why he didn’t nominate her, Trump replied: “If I did, they’d say nepotism, when it would’ve had nothing to do with nepotism. But she would’ve been incredible.”
An attorney for Ivanka Trump was reportedly involved in reviewing Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Vanity Fair reports.
Emails show that Abbe Lowell urged President Trump’s former personal lawyer to emphasize in his remarks that his client was not involved in a deal to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow.
“The House Oversight Committee on Thursday said it had obtained evidence that White House officials, including senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, used personal email accounts and messaging applications, a pattern the panel said appeared to violate laws governing White House records,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Philip Bump notes the use of WhatsApp “is particularly problematic because messages are encrypted between users, meaning that unless Kushner and Ivanka Trump stored copies of their messages or the recipients turned the messages over to the government, there’s no way to record what was said.”
“From a White House source, the House Oversight Committee has obtained documents related to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s security clearances that the Trump administration refused to provide,” Axios reports.
“The White House this week rejected the committee’s request for documents on the process for granting security clearances to staffers. But the House Oversight Committee in early February had already obtained the leaked documents that detail the entire process, from the spring of 2017 to the spring of 2018, on how both Kushner and Trump were ultimately granted their security clearances.”
President Trump said in a speech this morning discussed the need for training programs and claimed that his daughter, Ivanka, has created millions of jobs in her business.
Said Trump: “I don’t know if anyone knows that, but she’s created millions of jobs.”
CNN: “No matter how you spin it, that’s not true.”
Ivanka Trump told ABC News she and her husband, Jared Kushner, got no special treatment from her father when obtaining their top security clearances.
Said Trump: “There were anonymous leaks about there being issues. But the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband’s clearance, zero.”
Ivanka Trump told ABC News that she “barely” knew about the prospective Moscow deal that the Trump Organization pursued while Trump was also running for president, downplaying the significance of the project’s exploration.
Said Trump: “It’s not like it’s a strange thing, as a hospitality company or a development company, to have a hotel or a property in Russia. We’re not talking about Iran. It was Russia. And we weren’t even advanced enough that anyone had even visited the prospective project site. So it really was just a non-factor in our minds. I’m not sure that anyone would have thought of it.”
Asked if she has any concerns about any of her loved ones being entangled in the ongoing Mueller probe, Trump said: “I’m not. I’m really not.”