Groups fo­cus on Ivanka:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


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)

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