Ivanka Trump's role in the coming President-elect Donald Trump administration has yet to be defined, but Politico reported that she could serve as a bridge to the liberal elite with climate change a cause she champions.
Ivanka is well-known among the Manhattan elite, many of which are wealthy Democrats who opposed Donald's candidacy. With her father being rejected, at least symbolically, by the people she has been surrounded by her entire life, it makes sense that Ivanka, only 35-years-old and a patron of the arts, at least try to mend relations between elite liberals and elite conservatives.
“The issues she’s talking about are ones she’s always talked about,” said a source close to Ivanka, according to Politico. “These are totally consistent with what she’s developed with her brand. She is playing a critical role in being able to have issues that moderate and liberal women care about — and creating a bridge to the other side.”
If Ivanka does become a sort of climate change activist, that position would be in sharp contrast to her father, who has not only denied that climate change is man-made on the campaign trail, but once accused the Chinese of creating the myth to give it a boost over U.S. production.
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However, in a recent interview with New York Times reporters, columnists and editors, Donald was asked about climate change and he appeared to have softened his position.
"I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much," Trump said, according to CNN.
If Ivanka does decide to work on climate change issues, she could face problems related to conflicts of interest. Donald said he plans to hand control of his business interests to his children, including Ivanka, which would limit her advisory capabilities.
It becomes a conflict if she is in a policymaking or advising role,” said Katherine Jellison, an expert in first lady studies at Ohio University, according to Politico. “If she were able to play White House hostess only, and very much delineate that is her sole role in the White House, then she would be on much safer ground. At any point if people see her sliding onto the policymaking and advising side, there would be charges of conflict of interest.”