The first daughter is expected to use her platform to reach out to moderates and Democrats skeptical of her father’s administration.
President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, reportedly hopes to make climate change a central piece of her work while her father is in office – despite his having once said the issue is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese.
According to a report by Politico, Ivanka Trump is exploring how to use her spotlight as first daughter to positively influence climate change.
“The issues she’s talking about are ones she’s always talked about,” a source close to Ivanka told Politico. “These are totally consistent with what she’s developed with her brand. She is playing a critical role in being able to have issues that moderate and liberal women care about – and creating a bridge to the other side.”
Creating a bridge to liberals and moderates skeptical of Trump is a role the businesswoman, said to be among her father’s most trusted advisers, frequently played throughout the campaign.
She was the campaign’s primary spokeswoman on issues aimed specifically at women, championing plans for childcare and paid leave. And once her father moves into the White House, Ivanka is expected to take on a much more prominent role than her stepmother, Melania, who plans to stay in New York with her son, Barron, at least through the end of the school year.
Since the election, some liberals have aimed their pleas at Ivanka, sending her letters and protesting outside New York’s Puck Building, which is owned by her husband, Jared Kushner, hoping she will lean on her father to relinquish his plans to undo some of the Obama administration’s efforts to combat climate change.
If Ivanka moves forward in promoting a climate change agenda, she will be in opposition to many of the top officials who are making up the incoming administration.
Some of Trump’s picks have indicated they don’t recognize climate change as an urgent problem and don’t necessarily support policies meant to stave off rising temperatures.
Steve Bannon, Trump’s senior adviser, promoted the denial of climate change as executive director of Breitbart News, a media outlet the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as “embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right.” Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has openly expressed his skepticism of climate change. Myron Ebell, a high-profile climate change doubter, is leading the transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said Trump would have an “open mind” on climate change.
But Trump’s “default position,” Priebus said, is that “most of it is a bunch of bunk.”