GOP leaders ‘visibly annoyed’ over Ivanka visit to Oval Office: reports

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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.

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.”

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.

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