Ivanka Trump continues to be a source of irritation among some Washington insiders (video below).
On Sept. 6, several GOP leaders were allegedly "visibly annoyed" when she showed up at a meeting in which President Donald Trump and leading Republicans and Democrats were assembled to discuss raising the debt ceiling, reports Newsweek.
The same day, more controversy arose when the president summoned Ivanka to the stage during an outdoor rally in North Dakota, which was held at an oil refinery in Mandan, reports Metro.
While speaking to the audience about tax reform, the president suddenly veered to the topic of his daughter, who was offstage nearby.
"And by the way, Ivanka Trump," he said, calling attention to her. "Everybody loves Ivanka," he stated matter-of-factly.
Then he proceeded to address her in a manner which was too unprofessional for some observers.
"Should I bring Ivanka up?" he asked the audience, before directing her to take the stage with the words, "Come on up, Honey."
"She's so good," he told the audience, and then explained why she was there. "She wanted to make the trip. She said, 'Dad, can I go with you?' She actually said, 'Daddy, can I go with you?' I like that. 'Daddy, can I go with you?' I said, 'Yes, you can.'"
Granting her father's request that she "come on up," Ivanka walked to the podium, and after being pointed to the microphone, addressed the crowd briefly with some improvised remarks.
"Hi, North Dakota," she began. "We love this state, and it's always a pleasure to be back here. You treated us very, very well in November, and have continued to, so we like sharing the love back. Thank you."
When the video clip of Ivanka's appearance at the North Dakota rally was posted on social media, some observers thought it odd that she sometimes addresses the president as "daddy," reports The Inquisitr. At least one person on Twitter deemed it to be "creepy."
Ivanka's unusual role as both daughter and adviser to the president has generated consistent controversy.
In July, she was widely criticized for briefly sitting in for her father at the G-20 Summit in Germany.
"This is not a royal family, and she's not the princess royal," complained one former adviser to the president, as quoted in a Vanity Fair write up. The same source mentioned that "Princess Royal" is what some West Wing advisers call Ivanka behind her back.
In the same article, a former White House staffer bluntly condemned Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, who is also a top adviser to the president. "There's nothing more obstructive and distracting and unhelpful than to have a bunch of stupid apolitical family members calling all the shots," the former staffer remarked.