A flabbergasted Anderson Cooper asked New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman what we’re all thinking about President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka.
Cooper and Haberman were discussing the recent revelation that the President demanded a security clearance for his daughter, despite leading security experts’ recommendations against it. Ms. Trump reportedly sought the high-level clearance to study briefing books on foreign trips, prompting Cooper to ask Haberman:
“What does sh—Why is she in the White House? Like what does she actually do?”
“In terms of foreign trips, it’s a great question…I think there is an addictive quality to having access to this kind of information. What exactly Ivanka Trump needs to do with that information is unclear. She does have certain programs she has pushed for that have global impact, but those are economic, not national security based.”
She also pointed out that Ivanka Trump still makes money from the Trump organization and hotels. “It’s going to raise a ton of obvious questions…about not actually stepping back from businesses she has…and it is going to once again raise questions about the fact that the President and his family who are serving in the government did not really step away from the business,” Haberman said. “And these are just obvious questions, there’s nothing surprising about them.”
Others provided additional answers to Cooper—none of them good.
Ivanka has an office in the White House so, when she has an issue with any of her business enterprises she doesn't have to go far to get Dad to help her fix it.
— Frances Birnie (@frances_birnie) March 6, 2019
Travels at govt expense to collect trademarks all over the world for use by her businesses in the future.
— Windsoar G. (@Gwindsoar) March 6, 2019
At this point it’s reasonable to suspect she & her husband are monetizing US intelligence for private gain. Because Cooper is right, she especially doesn’t have a remit & thus no remote need for high clearance. This is a rolling threat to national security until they’re removed.
— blog alley (@blogalley) March 6, 2019
She embarrasses the US and annoys world leaders by showing up as a representative for her father for issues about which she knows nothing
— Maxine Kingsbury (@Maxinek) March 6, 2019
Anderson Cooper went on to point out a vicious double standard. Cooper asked:
“If Hillary Clinton had won and she gave Chelsea Clinton a high-level security clearance over the objection of her White House chief counsel, the chief of staff, and Chelsea Clinton’s husband who’s also involved in finances also got a security clearance, wouldn’t Republicans justifiably be screaming from the rooftops?”