Ivanka Trump Lobbying For Humanitarian Aid, UN Official Hopes
A prominent official with the United Nations is hoping the first daughter can change her dad's mind on an important issue. Get in line, friend, but I wouldn't hold your breath.
The head of the UN World Food Programme said he hopes Ivanka Trump will lobby against cuts to humanitarian aid, The Guardian reported on Wednesday. David Beasley, a former governor of South Carolina who supported Donald Trump's presidential campaign, met with the younger Trump in early June to discuss famine and humanitarian aid. The two even had a charming photo op together.
Beasley is hoping that Trump will push against her father's proposed cuts to foreign aid.
The president has proposed cutting about 32% of diplomacy and aid spending, per Reuters. The cuts would drastically reduce funding for programs like global health and peacekeeping, as well as food aid, and have been opposed by his fellow Republicans in Congress.
“I think we've got another advocate on our side,” Beasley said of Trump. He continued,
She's savvy. I've got two daughters and I know that when a daughter comes to me, “Daaad,” you can't turn your daughter down. We're playing that.
His expectations fly in the face of Trump's own statements about her role in the White House. It was literally three days ago that Ivanka Trump asserted that she tries “to stay out of politics” in an interview with Fox & Friends.
Beasley isn't the first to hope that the first daughter, reportedly the advisor most likely to have the president's ear, would champion his cause.
But despite her reputation as a trusted advisor, Trump doesn't have the best track record at changing her father's mind when it comes to policy.
The most recent iteration of the Republican Senate health care bill cuts funding to Planned Parenthood, and President Trump moved to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change in early June. And equal pay? In March, her father revoked the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order.
So, maybe, don't put all your eggs in that basket.