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Ivanka To Have Less Access To Father In White House

| by Lauren Briggs

President Donald Trump is reportedly keeping a little bit of distance between himself and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, marking a change in their working relationship.

The White House is undergoing a staff and structure shakeup after the president fired Reince Priebus from his position as chief of staff, a move championed by Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, according to Politico. Ivanka and Kushner are both advisors to President Trump.

Ivanka and Kushner are hoping that Priebus' replacement, previous Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, will bring some order to the unconventional administration, even if it means that she has reduced access to her father.

But while the first daughter and her husband got their way with the Priebus firing, the politically moderate couple does not have as strong of a progressive influence as some had expected.

"Actions speak louder than words," said Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the nonprofit Human Rights Campaign, according to Politico. "Either Ivanka is ineffective in her advocacy within the building, or her voice doesn't matter to the president as much as she hopes it does."

The new staffing choices could bring a major overhaul. Though some sources told Politico that Ivanka retains unlimited access to her father, some reports have been circulating that Kelly will be the only staff member who can reach the president immediately -- everyone else will have to go through Kelly first, notes The Inquisitr.

Ivanka has long stated that she is open and honest with her father, especially when she disagrees with his political decisions, but she typically conducts those conversations exclusively behind closed doors, notes CNN.

"I don't have a hidden agenda," she told the Washington Post, according to CNN. "I have a very clear agenda. He knows exactly where I stand and I express why I care. There's no secrecy about it."

She also said that she was "blindsided" by the "level of viciousness" against the Trump administration but was looking forward to making changes despite receiving criticism for not swaying her father on issues like climate change legislation and LGBT rights. President Trump's July 26 tweet announcing that he was banning all transgender people from serving in the military reportedly came as a surprise to Ivanka and Kushner.

"She’s in there doing what she can," said R. Couri Hay, a publicist and Trump family friend, according to Politico. "It's unrealistic, unfair and cruel to expect her to change climate policy and pre-K and women's issues in six months."

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