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First daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump has often been touted as a moderating influence to her father Donald Trump throughout his presidency. However, with the increasingly erratic actions of her father after his loss to Joe Biden in the elections, many may turn to Ivanka to prevent Trump from making any last-minute actions that could be potentially damaging.
Several experts have already warned that the outgoing president may make dangerous decisions as a way of going out with a bang before he is to depart the White House. Trump has already been accused of inciting the violence that occurred at the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, and many lawmakers from both sides are calling for his resignation. With less than eight days left until Biden’s inauguration, Trump’s movements are being anticipated, and Ms. Trump, who is his adviser, may be among the only people who could intervene and convince him not to push through with what he plans to do.
This claim was made by author Vicky Ward, who wrote a book titled “Kushner Inc.” back in 2019. Ward wrote about the influence Ivanka has over her father, citing one instance during Trump’s early years as president. When Trump first revealed his plans of making his eldest daughter one of his advisers, officials expressed concern regarding her influence over him. They cited that Trump “found it hard” to say no to her.
“Our craziest moments of the campaign, the real craziest moments, even Hope can’t get to Trump,” wrote Ward, referring to another White House official who served Trump, Hope Hicks. “Only Jared and Ivanka can talk him down from the edge,” added Ward, referring to Ivanka's husband and fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner.
Ms. Trump is widely speculated to be eyeing a prolonged stint in politics. This is one of the reasons why she has plans to attend Biden’s inauguration, according to people familiar with the matter. Apart from trying to save her image, another reason why Ivanka plans to attend the ceremony is that she sees it as an opportunity for her to get supporters of her own. However, Trump saw it differently and reportedly told her that it is an “insult” for her to attend, still convinced that the election was stolen from him.