Award winning investigative journalist Vicky Ward says that there is no evidence that Ivanka Trump has any influence on Donald Trump’s policies, claiming that her main objective in the White House is profiteering.
Ward was no more complimentary of Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner as she spoke in an interview with Amy Goodman from ‘Democracy Now.’
The segment began with the much publicized dinner in Mar-a-Lago with Chinese President Xi Jinping at which Ivanka was present at the same time that she became the recipient of three trademarks from China to sell her company’s merchandise.
“I’m spending half my time in D.C. these days—actually looking at this subject of the commercialization of the White House in real time, which I think is a narrative that has been slightly drowned out because of the theater and chaos of the last 80 days,” Ward said in the interview.
“We’ve all been so consumed with the fight between the Kushner camp and the Bannon camp that this very real kind of story of horrifying kleptocracy, you know, that’s never happened to this country before—and, you know, the White House is turning into the Kushner piggy bank and the Trump piggy bank. I mean, and it’s outrageous.”
Ward detailed some issues that highlight how deeply the Kushner conflicts run, going through his brother’s interest in the healthcare fight and the potential multi-billion dollar shifts in the landscape depending on whether Obamacare is repealed.
She then went after the role that Ivanka is playing in shaping her father’s policies, saying rather bluntly, “I have sources covering this every day, who say, ‘Well, let’s look at Ivanka.’ What is she doing policy-wise? Nothing.”
“But what she is doing is wearing clothes. She’s in a business that sells clothes, shoes. That’s what she does. So, what she’s doing every day is using — you know — they’re very good at public relations, Jared and Ivanka. They’ve just hired a Hollywood public relations person. I know from personal experience, having reported on them, having reported on Jared, all the leaks, every time you see a person close to Jared, that is Jared talking.”
Ward also pointed out the highly suspicious Chinese investment that was set to be made in the catastrophic ego purchase that Jared Kushner made in a high profile Manhattan building. The deal fell apart amid intense media scrutiny and public outcry. Ward said that still, Jared’s real estate dealings and “self-interest, I think, is huge — and Ivanka’s self-interest has sort of been ignored. I mean, it’s been covered, but it’s been overcome by the noice of the other stories.”
Responding to questions regarding the experience or qualifications that either Jared or Ivanka have that would assist in advising the President, Ward said “Their only experience is working for their parents. That’s it. It seems to me it’s all about self-interest. They’re not qualified to do anything else.”
Watch the revealing interview here (the relevant portion starts at 36:00):