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Report: Trump considers shutting down Council on Women and Girls

President Trump appears to be quietly disbanding an office President Obama created that focuses on gender equality, Politico reported Friday.

Obama created the White House Council on Women and Girls in 2009, three months into his first term, to monitor the impact of policy changes with women’s groups and maintain open lines of communication.

The council has not been functioning while the Trump administration evaluates whether to keep it, according to three senior White House officials.

{mosads}It initially appeared Trump might keep the office because senior counselor Kellyanne Conway said in February that she expects to oversee it.

But the status of the office was still in question a week ago during an internal review that Ivanka Trump and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell are managing. 

“I see no evidence, zero, that Donald Trump has anyone in his orbit to advocate for women and girls,” National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill told Politico. “We need a real office that would really advocate.”

Tina Tchen, who was the director of Obama’s White House Council on Women and Girls, said it shows “the priority you place on the issues surrounding women and girls.”

Trump sparked bipartisan outrage Thursday after attacking “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski’s appearance on Twitter, saying she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a New Year’s Eve celebration at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

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