Ivanka Trump seeks to lower expectations of her influence: report

Ivanka Trump seeks to lower expectations of her influence: report
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White House senior adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump reportedly wants to lower expectations of what she can achieve in President Trump's administration.

Politico reported Sunday that people close to both Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior adviser Jared Kushner, say Ivanka is aware of the criticism she faces for failing to persuade her father on certain policy issues.

She reportedly wants to lower expectations of her power in the White House and is frustrated with critics for thinking she has more influence over her father than she does, according to people familiar with her thinking.

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Ivanka is reportedly focused on getting a child care tax credit included as part of Trump and House Republicans’ push for tax reform, and is also fighting for the 2018 budget to include paid family leave.

While many thought Ivanka might be a moderating force in the White House, critics say she has failed to live up to those expectations. She was reportedly a leading figure lobbying Trump to keep the United States in the Paris climate change agreement, alongside Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

When Trump announced he would be withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement, Ivanka was reportedly quick to “move on.”

She has reportedly said she doesn’t want to blow credibility with Republicans because she’ll need to work with them to achieve policy goals such as paid family leave, and doesn’t want to appear as a “super-lib,” according to Politico.

In a June interview, she emphasized that it would be strange for her to always agree with her father.

"We're different people, so there are areas [where] we disagree," she said. 

"I think it's normal to not have 100 percent aligned viewpoints on every issue. I think that would be a very strange scenario.”

But a former friend of Ivanka’s told Politico that she doesn’t think she will go against her father often.

“I know her well enough to know her relationship with her father, which is that she will never, ever, go against the grain,” the former friend said.