Friday, February 3, 2023

‘I do not plan to be involved in politics’

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WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, who was a senior White House adviser during the Trump administration, says she’s taking a break from politics.

Former President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter did not attend his speech Tuesday night at his Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where he announced his 2024 bid for the White House. She said later won’t be participating in his third presidential campaign.

“I love my father very much. This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family. I do not plan to be involved in politics,” she said in a statement.

“While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena,” she added. “I am grateful to have had the honor of serving the American people and I will always be proud of many of our Administration’s accomplishments.”

ABC News first reported her statement, which she later posted on Instagram.

It was not immediately clear whether her husband, Jared Kushner, who was also a senior White House adviser, would play a role in the campaign. Kushner, 41, attended the speech Tuesday night.

Kushner was a senior adviser to the president in the Trump White House and the director of the Office of American Innovation.

Ivanka Trump, 41, was the director of the Office of Economic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship.

Kushner and Trump have three young children together.

Since they left government last year, both Kushner and Ivanka Trump have remained in the political spotlight to some extent. They both testified for hours this year before investigators on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.

In video testimony played during the last public hearing, in October, Ivanka Trump said she had accepted then-Attorney General William Barr’s conclusion that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. A day later, the former president criticized his daughter on his Truth Social platform, saying: “Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results. She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!).”

Kushner, meanwhile, started an investment firm, Affinity, that received a $2 billion injection from the Saudi government six months after it launched. In June, the House Oversight and Reform Committee opened an investigation into the investment by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which is controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Peter Alexander contributed.

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