In an interview with NBC’s “Today” Show last week, Ivanka Trump appeared to contradict her father on what the U.S. should do to resolve the crisis in Syria.
Asked by reporter Hallie Jackson what America’s role should be in addressing the misery that has befallen millions thanks to an ongoing civil war, the president’s daughter said, “I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening, and we have to come together, and we have to solve it.”
To which Jackson responded, “Does that include opening the border to Syrian refugees in the U.S.?”
Ivanka said, “That has to be part of the discussion, but that’s not going to be enough in and of itself.”
So…here we go.
Much has been written about the growing amount of influence Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have in President Trump’s White House, so we can’t just dismiss this the way we might have dismissed the ramblings of Jenna Bush or Patti Reagan. Make no mistake, this woman has real power in the administration and her liberal tendencies are not well hidden.
As far as the so-called Republican establishment is concerned, Ivanka’s presence in the White House is a welcome one as long as she’s counter-balancing the nationalistic ideology of Mr. Steve Bannon, who has reportedly seen his influence shrink in recent weeks.
But Bannon’s ideology wasn’t pulling Trump away from the campaign message; rather, he encouraged the president to follow through on his promises to pull the U.S. out of foreign entanglements, gut the federal government of waste and lobbyists, and, well, put America first for a change.
For Trump to close his ears to Bannon is to turn his back on much of what made his campaign so uniquely historic. Granted, a great many Republican voters cast their ballots for Trump in spite of his off-center brand of conservatism, not because of it. And granted, many of them simply voted for him because they couldn’t bear the thought of voting for Hillary Clinton. But there are millions of Americans who voted for Trump because they wanted real change at the top in Washington, starting with a full-scale rollback of Obama’s awful legacy.
Now, obviously we can’t start panicking because of one remark Ivanka Trump made in one interview, but…we have to keep an eye out. The signs of trouble are there. If Ivanka, Paul Ryan, and the rest of the so-called “moderating influences” have their way with our president, we will see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip through our fingers.