FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, attend a news conference with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ivanka Trump seems unfazed that one of the things she cared about was destroyed

The first daughter and White House staffer suffered a huge loss in the climate change debate


Taylor Link
June 2, 2017 1:45PM (UTC)

After failing to moderate her father on the issue of climate change, Ivanka Trump seems to be taking her humbling loss in stride.

On Thursday, the first daughter did not attend President Trump's Rose Garden ceremony announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Ivanka had been silent on the issue in the days leading up to her father's decision, as she was observing Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that forbids the use of electronics.

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Ivanka did manage to muster a tweet late Thursday celebrating LGBT pride month. But in terms of the Paris agreement, one has to rely on sources close to the family in order to gauge where the first daughter and White House staffer's mindset is at.

Politico reported Friday that Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have taken the defeat in stride. Two sources familiar with their thinking told Politico that the one-time Democrats do not keep a scoreboard in terms of their day-to-day influence in the White House.

Curiously, people close to the first daughter and her husband also told Politico that while Ivanka was a proponent of the Paris deal, it was not a high priority on her list.

This claim would contradict everything that has been reported up until this point. Back in December, a month after her father's surprise electoral victory, sources close to Ivanka told Politico that she wanted to make climate change one of her signature issues. During the transition, she brought in climate activists like Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio to give a voice to the opposing views of Scott Pruitt, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency and a known climate denier.

Ivanka even went out of her way to contact CEOs and business leaders to urge them to call her father to argue the pro-business case for staying in the Paris agreement, The Washington Post reported.

Despite all the effort, her father ultimately decided to pull out of the international climate agreement, siding with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who basked in the late spring sun on Thursday as Trump revealed to the world that not even his daughter can change his mind on climate change.

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Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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