After Ivanka Trump, vice president for development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization, turned up with her husband at the Pretender’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump Towers on November 17, the press got very busy decrying her inappropriate presence. Today’s rumor is that she will use the First Lady’s office in the White House. Trump spokespeople deny it. Hope Hicks told Business Insider, ” “This is false,” Hope Hicks, the spokeswoman, told Business Insider. “No decisions regarding Ivanka’s involvement have been made.”
Bloggers and pundits alike were horrified by her selling a $10,800 bracelet from her Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry line in mid-November. It was, they said it was Trump’s Take Your Daughter To Work Day. Even the August New York Times said, “Ms. Trump’s jewelry company sent out a notice to reporters with a photograph of her wearing a $10,800 gold bangle bracelet that she had worn during an interview her family did with “60 Minutes,” trying to use the appearance as an opportunity to sell more items.”
Naturally, they discussed the 35-year-old’s clothes and hair. And that her husband was there. But they seemed curiously uninterested in what the company’s website says: One of her “primary focuses has been to bring the Trump Hotel brand to global markets.”
Hello??? Did anyone mention that Ivanka’s job at Trump includes acquiring new international hotels and casino resorts, which she is in charge of? Um…. well… no. Just no. Is it sexism or inability to put 2 and 2 together?
As Bloomberg reported today, an upper house committee of the Japanese Parliament approved a bill this week that paves the way for the legalization of casinos in Japan, ending years of political wrangling and opening the potential for billions of dollars of investment.
“The revised legislation is now expected to pass in a final vote in parliament Wednesday.”
“The bill was previously abandoned after being submitted to parliament in 2013 and debate was delayed after a second submission last year. It was rushed through this session after discussion was re-opened on November 30.
Nobody is asking whether Trump threatened the Prime Minister, although it would seem North Korea’s program of atomic testing might have played into it. Prime Minister Abe said that he had a “very candid discussion” with Mr. Trump. He did not discuss who else attended the gathering or elaborate on the topics discussed. Since the press was not allowed, we have no independent discussion of those topics to rely upon. So they jumped on a bracelet.
Yep, Ivanka was at the meeting to show off a bracelet. Is there a link between her position at Trump and the Casino bill? Do I need to see the elephant in the living room, or are the scat and the peanut shells enough, along with the flattened couch and broken lamps?
“Sources told CBS News’ Julianna Goldman [in November] that the Trump team had asked the White House to explore the possibility of his children receiving top secret security clearance. The clearances would allow Ivanka and his other children to be designated as national security advisers to their father, though they wouldn’t necessarily have to be White House employees in his administration.”
A bill that had languished in the Japanese Parliament for three years was moved to the top of the line when it reopened on November 30th, and passed two weeks later, after Ivanka Trump’s inappropriate presence at He Who Must Not Be Named’s meeting with Prime Minister Abe, and nobody is talking about this.
In my opinion, this goes well beyond influence peddling. More like strong-armed extortion in my book. As in, “Either you give me my casino in time for the 2020 Olympics, or I’ll leave you twisting in the wind to deal with Kim Jong-Un by yourselves.”
Just a word of advice to wise world leaders: In a deposition in 1993, Trump’s own attorney, George Miller swore under oath:
“It’s always been our practice to make sure that two people are present, and we don’t have a problem with people lying… Trump is “an expert at interpreting things. Let’s put it that way… We tried to [meet in pairs] with Donald always if we could because Donald says certain things and then has a lack of memory.”