Donald Trump traveled to North Dakota on Wednesday to pitch his tax reform plan and paraded his daughter on stage for a sugary display of nonsense.
Said Trump: “You know, sometimes they’ll say, ‘You know, he can’t be that bad a guy, look at Ivanka!’ Come on up honey. She’s so good. She wanted to make the trip. She actually said, ‘Daddy, can I go with you?’ I like that, right. ‘Daddy, can I go with you?’ I said, ‘Yes you can.'”
Ivanka strolled up on stage and said: “Hi North Dakota. We love this state so it’s always a pleasure to be back here. You treated us very very well in November…so we like sharing the love back. Thank you.”
President Trump brings Ivanka Trump to podium in N. Dakota: “She wanted to make the trip … She actually said, 'Daddy, can I go with you?'” pic.twitter.com/LOLACV3lfz
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 6, 2017
Ivanka Trump is never going to come through. Coming through isn’t her function. She is more a logo than a person, a scarecrow stuffed with branding, an heiress-turned-model-turned-multimillionaire’s-wife playacting as an authority on the challenges facing working women so that she can sell more pastel sheath dresses.
All that aside, even if Ms. Trump does sincerely care about the issues she purports to, the fact remains that her father is a stubborn, intractable toddler. No one has power over him. He doesn’t want to be moderated, even by his daughter.
Also on Wednesday, reports emerged that Republican congressional leaders were “visibly annoyed” when Ivanka entered an Oval Office meeting on Hurricane Harvey, and the debt limit:
According to multiple reporters, who cited an aide who has knowledge of the meeting, the leaders “careened off topic” when the president’s daughter entered the president’s office near the end of the meeting.
Trump later stunned GOP leadership after making a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.