Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump: report

Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump: report

Ivanka Trump, President Trump's eldest daughter and senior adviser, will not be accompanied by any high-level State Department officials when she travels to India next week for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. 

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Tillerson's decision not to send anyone from his senior team on the trip is reportedly rooted in a desire not to "bolster" the president's daughter on the world stage and comes amid reported tensions between the secretary of State and the White House.


"They [Tillerson and his staff] won't send someone senior because they don't want to bolster Ivanka," one senior State Department official told CNN. "It's now another rift between the White House and State at a time when Rex Tillerson doesn't need any more problems with the president."

The official said that no one higher ranking than the deputy assistant secretary will be allowed to participate in the summit. 

Ivanka Trump was invited to attend the summit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year. This year's gathering will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs. 

Acting assistant secretary for the central Asia region Alice Wells was originally slated to go on the trip. Her attendance, however, has been called off by Tillerson's team, CNN reported. 

The summit was started during Obama's tenure in the White House, and CNN noted that a change in the State Department's approach to the event would be expected.

Still, the move to not send a high-ranking State Department delegation is seen as a snub by some in White House, CNN reported.