THROUGHOUT his rise to the presidency, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has been one of his greatest assets.
For 18 months, the President-elect’s eldest child served to polish his image in the wake of every new scandal, bizarre comment and widely-reported tweet he made.
Intelligent, beautiful and successful, Ivanka was widely credited with bringing out her father’s softer side, and was so frequently in the spotlight on his behalf that she would later be described as taking the role of a “proxy wife” and “de facto First Lady” in his campaign.
While she refuted such characterisations as “deeply offensive” and “sexist”, there’s no doubt she played a more powerful and visible role in her father’s new-found political career than anyone in the Trump family — including his third wife Melania — and she’s long been tipped to be one of his closest advisers.
Now word has slipped that the incoming first daughter may be playing a more prominent role in Mr Trump’s administration than we thought, with rumours she’s eyeing an office suite in the East Wing traditionally reserved for the First Lady.
That “de facto First Lady” label may be a reality after all.
HOW WOULD IVANKA FARE AS ‘FIRST LADY’?
Other than supporting her husband’s political campaign, Melania Trump has never expressed a powerful interest in politics.
Other than two big campaign speeches — one of which became a global embarrassment after it appeared she had copied heavily from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech — Melania has remained relatively quiet.
Shortly after the 2016 election, it was confirmed that she would remain in Trump Tower in New York to look after the pair’s 10-year-old son Barron.