Ivanka Trump met secretly with Planned Parenthood head: report

Ivanka Trump met secretly with Planned Parenthood head: report
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Ivanka Trump secretly met with the president of Planned Parenthood following President Trump’s inauguration, according to a new report.

Trump’s elder daughter initiated the meeting with Cecile Richards, hoping to ease tensions and discuss the organization, which Republicans hope to defund, Politico first reported Thursday morning.

A Planned Parenthood official said Richards stressed during the meeting that funding for the women’s health organization “doesn’t actually go to abortions.”

“The purpose of the meeting, from Cecile’s point of view, was to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded, and why it would be a terrible idea for Planned Parenthood to be removed from being able to see Medicaid patients,” Dawn Laguens told Politico.

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“The main thing that Cecile Richards was doing was explaining that the money doesn’t actually go to abortions — we get reimbursed the same way a hospital does. We were clearing up misinformation about how this works.”

Ivanka Trump and Richards have not spoken since the secret meeting, according to the report.

Richards has since admonished Trump for her lack of involvement in the Republicans' healthcare effort.

"It’s time for Ivanka to … stand for women,” Richards said last month, calling her silence on the GOP legislation “deafening.” 

Richards most recently spoke at a Women in the World conference in New York Wednesday evening.

“Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the crosshairs of basically every single policy we've seen in this administration,” Richards said.

As of last month, Trump is an official government employee with security clearance in her father’s administration.