GOP leaders ‘visibly annoyed’ over Ivanka visit to Oval Office: reports
Republican leaders on the Hill were “visibly annoyed” that Ivanka Trump joined an Oval Office meeting to “say hello” during their Wednesday meeting with President Trump on a must-pass spending bill, according to reporters who spoke with an aide.
Democratic and Republican congressional leaders met with Trump on Wednesday to discuss a plan to increase the debt ceiling, prevent a government shutdown and pass a spending package offering aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
According to multiple reporters, who cited an aide with knowledge of the meeting, the leaders “careened off topic” when the president’s daughter entered the president’s office near the end of the meeting.
Aide with knowledge: “Toward the end of the meeting Ivanka Trump entered the Oval Office to ‘say hello’ and the meeting careened off topic.”
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 6, 2017
Cong. source to @deirdrewalshcnn on WH meeting: GOP leaders “were visibly annoyed by Ivanka’s presence” at end, said “careened off topic.”
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) September 6, 2017
Aide briefed on WH mtg says @IvankaTrump entered Oval to say hello, and GOP leaders were visibly annoyed by her presence.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 6, 2017
Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) office later pushed back on reports that GOP leaders were visibly annoyed when Ivanka Trump interrupted the meeting, with a spokeswoman for the Speaker calling it “false.”
Please stop reporting this. It’s false. You have it on the record here. https://t.co/Tvoi5Y4cjG
— AshLee Strong (@AshLeeStrong) September 6, 2017
The House passed a $7.85 billion bill for Harvey relief Wednesday, after Democrats vowed to attach language to the relief package that will increase the debt limit and fund the government until mid-December. The move set up an upcoming showdown over whether the Senate would pass a bill to increase the debt limit as part of the legislation.
Democrats coming out of the meeting Wednesday said that Trump agreed to support the Democratic goal of raising the debt limit as part of the bill conservatives fought back on. Ryan had earlier in the day called the Democratic proposal to tie the Harvey aid to a three-month debt-ceiling extension “disgraceful.”
Updated: 6:15 p.m.