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US election: what next for Ivanka Trump after leaving the White House?

President’s eldest daughter is said to be hoping to make solo return to the Oval Office

With Donald Trump just months away from leaving the White House, talk has turned to what will become of his favourite child.

Daughter Ivanka is currently serving as an adviser to her presidential pop, but is seeking to distance herself from the fallout that has resulted from his administration’s refusal to recognise Joe Biden’s election victory.

According to the Daily Mail, sources claim that Ivanka “has been quietly urging her father to throw in the towel and concede the election to Biden, as she sets her sights on her own future White House run”.

A Washington insider told the paper: “Ivanka has her own agenda. She’s had her eyes on the desk behind the Oval Office since day one and she’s not about to burn any bridges by mouthing off like [her brother] Don Jr, who keeps lashing out on Twitter.

“Everything she puts out is calculated and well thought out, because she’s always looking at the big picture.”

In the meantime, Ivanka may return to The Trump Organization, where she worked prior to officially joining the White House team in 2017.

But the family business “may not be the most stable workplace when her father leaves office”, with the Manhattan district attorney’s office seeking Trump’s tax returns in a “complex financial investigation”, says The Guardian.

“The New York state attorney general’s office is also investigating whether The Trump Organization and its agents wrongly inflated the value of Seven Springs estate, a property north of New York City,” the paper reports. 

One option that is definitely out for Ivanka is returning to her fashion line, which was shut down in 2018.

At the time, she characterised the move as being “driven by a commitment to the work she is doing as part of her father’s administration”, The New York Times reported.

But as The Guardian notes, the circumstances preceding the announcement “weren’t promising”.

Luxury department store chains “Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom dropped her line in 2017, claiming poor performance”, says the paper, and a campaign calling on online retailers “to drop the brand in protest of Trump administration policies” had also been launched.

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