Groups focus on Ivanka:
Getting nowhere with her father, liberal advocacy groups have been looking for an ally in Ivanka Trump. They haven’t had much luck.
In recent weeks, activists have been appealing to the younger Trump for help on climate change, international labor conditions and immigration. But the first daughter, an influential adviser to President Donald Trump in her own right, largely has sought to stay out of the fray. Still the efforts underscore the politically charged position she occupies as she seeks to advance a positive agenda while avoiding weighing in publicly on her father’s more controversial policies.
The most high-profile campaign directed at the president’s daughter has come from New York-based China Labor Watch, which has been investigating working conditions at factories in China that have made Ivanka Trump products. The group on Thursday renewed a call for her to speak out about the detention of activists involved in the investigation and on their findings about labor conditions. They said they have sent a second letter to her at the White House to raise concerns.
Ivanka Trump’s brand has sought to distance itself from the manufacturer under scrutiny, saying the company last made its products three months ago.
Trump, who spent the past week promoting the administration’s efforts on job training, did not respond to requests for comment.
With her focus on issues that typically draw liberal or bipartisan support, Ivanka Trump has left many with an impression that she does not share some of her father’s policies. But she avoided weighing in publicly on her father’s travel ban, border wall, proposed budget cuts or the Paris agreement, leading liberal critics to question her influence. (AP)