Ivanka Trump Disbands Fashion Line in Favor of Public Service
According to Reuters, “U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump on Tuesday said she was shutting her fashion line to focus on her role as an informal White House adviser, where she is working on advancing working women.”
Should First Daughter Ivanka Trump be making a complete career move into public service?
Although the Trump family has received much criticism for their mix of business with politics, this is not the first time that a child of a president pursued, considered, or had a political career.
Chelsea Clinton, head of the Clinton Foundation, has consistently juggled rumors of her own interest in politics. George W. Bush and Jeb Bush both had successful political careers in the aftermath of father George H. Bush’s presidency. John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, was a U.S. Ambassador to Japan for four years. Since President Obama’s daughters spent a large chunk of their childhood in the White House, perhaps they may end up with a political career as well. In fact, family succession in American politics go all the way back to John Adams, our second president and his son, John Quincy Adams, our sixth president.
So let’s dispense with the rhetoric that Ms. Trump’s decision is unusual. It is not. Rather, it is a logical and natural extension of her experience in the world of politics.
Children look up to their parents. If the fact that Ivanka Trump’s father is President of the United States encouraged her to pursue a career in public service, then I think that is a move we should applaud.