Former US president Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka said Tuesday that she would not take an active role in his renewed White House bid, releasing a statement saying that while she “will always love and support my father,” she does not plan to be involved in his campaign.
As Trump was announcing his 2024 presidential run on Tuesday, there were several notable no-shows, including many longtime supporters including previous campaign managers, aides, and also Ivanka.
“I love my father very much,” she said in a statement. “This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family. I do not plan to be involved in politics.
“While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena. I am grateful to have had the honor of serving the American people and will always be proud of many of our administration’s accomplishments,” she added.
On Monday, the New York Post reported that Donald Trump had over the weekend begged Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner to share the stage with him during his long-promised announcement, but was rebuffed.
“They both feel they got burned in Washington and don’t want to go back and expose themselves and their children to another bitter campaign,” the outlet quoted an “insider” as saying.
The same unnamed source said the refusal had created “extra behind-the-scenes tension” within the family, as Ivanka’s siblings Donald Jr. and Eric and their partners were set to actively support the campaign.
Ivanka had been a popular figure and speaker during Trump’s previous campaign and during his presidency.
Her husband, Kushner, served as a senior adviser to Trump on the Middle East and was instrumental in negotiating the Abraham Accords — the normalization agreements Israel signed in 2020 with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. However, he lost the president’s backing toward the end of his term, with Trump allegedly weighing firing him at one point.