Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump: report

Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump: report

Ivanka Trump, President Trump's eldest daughter and senior adviser, will not be accompanied by any high-level State Department officials when she travels to India next week for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. 

According to a CNN report on Friday, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump cannot blame policy of separating children on Obama North Korea looked to set up communications back channel through Kushner: report North America wins 2026 bid to host World Cup after lobbying from Trump MORE has declined to send a senior delegation to support Trump during the high-profile annual event, which had been attended by former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryShould President Trump, like President Obama, forsake human rights in pursuit of the deal with a tyrant? GOP Senate report says Obama officials gave Iran access to US financial system Democrats conflicted over how hard to hit Trump on Iran MORE and even former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats cannot afford to play hardball on immigration reform Trump's tariffs are a case of crony capitalism Obama to visit Kenya, South Africa for Obama Foundation in July MORE multiple times.

Tillerson's decision not to send anyone from his senior team on the trip is reportedly rooted in a desire not to "bolster" the president's daughter on the world stage and comes amid reported tensions between the secretary of State and the White House.


"They [Tillerson and his staff] won't send someone senior because they don't want to bolster Ivanka," one senior State Department official told CNN. "It's now another rift between the White House and State at a time when Rex Tillerson doesn't need any more problems with the president."

The official said that no one higher ranking than the deputy assistant secretary will be allowed to participate in the summit. 

Ivanka Trump was invited to attend the summit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year. This year's gathering will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs. 

Acting assistant secretary for the central Asia region Alice Wells was originally slated to go on the trip. Her attendance, however, has been called off by Tillerson's team, CNN reported. 

The summit was started during Obama's tenure in the White House, and CNN noted that a change in the State Department's approach to the event would be expected.

Still, the move to not send a high-ranking State Department delegation is seen as a snub by some in White House, CNN reported.