Trump suggested Ivanka as his 2016 running mate: book

Source: The Hill | September 28, 2020 | John Bowden

President Trump repeatedly suggested in 2016 that his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, serve as his running mate, according to a new book.

Excerpts from “Wicked Game: An Insider’s Story on How Trump Won, Mueller Failed, and America Lost,” a new book from former 2016 deputy Trump campaign manager Rick Gates, details conversations the president had with aides in June of 2016 about selecting a running mate following his victory in the Republican primary, according to The Washington Post.

“I think it should be Ivanka. What about Ivanka as my VP?” Trump told his campaign staffers at a meeting about the VP search, according to Gates. “She’s bright, she’s smart, she’s beautiful, and the people would love her!”

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on the reported efforts to consider Ivanka Trump, currently a White House staffer, for the vice presidential role. Ivanka Trump herself is said to have rejected the suggestion in conversations with her father, according to the Gates book.


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