Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner backed Mr Trump in the 2016 presidential election and are now a key part of his administration. Dubbed the First Daughter, Ivanka is a special adviser to the US President for womens’ issues and Jared is a special adviser for strategic planning. However, according to 2019 book ‘Kushner Inc’ her friends have insisted they did this for the networking opportunities, not because they actually believe in Mr Trump’s populist rhetoric.
Ivanka and Jared’s social circle is mostly the New York Jewish community, who were “aghast” at Mr Trump’s divisive campaign.
They were particularly shocked by his continued insisitance that a wall must be built on the US-Mexico border, and the so-called ‘Muslim ban’.
One guest at Mr Kushner’s 35th birthday party told author Vicky Ward: “We’re Jews…
“It’s just as easy to say the Muslims can’t come to the US because they’re going to blow you up and the Mexicans are gonna rape you [as it is to say] the Jews are gonna steal all your money.
Ivanka Trump allegedly does not believe in her father's populist agenda (Image: GETTY)
Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner (Image: GETTY)
“And so, we’re not on the side of this craziness, because we’re always the ones being blamed for everything.”
Many in their social circle also remember Mr Trump’s “reluctance” to accept Ivanka’s conversion to Judaism.
Whether they were trying to convince themselves that their friends were not like this, or whether it is true that Ivanka does not support this is unclear.
Nevertheless, Ms Ward wrote: “No one thought Kushner or Ivanka believed in Trump’s populist platform.”
Ivanka stands nearby as Donald Trump signs the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020 (Image: GETTY)