Ivanka Trump makes decision on her political future

Ivanka Trump has revealed a long-awaited decision about her political future in the wake of her father Donald Trump leaving the White House following his loss in the 2020 election.

Speculation has been rife the former president's eldest daughter would run as an opponent in the 2022 primary challenge in Florida against Senator Marco Rubio.

But according to Politico, Ivanka has ruled out mounting a primary challenge, which would have been an obvious pathway if she were to run in the 2024 Presidential Election.

“Ivanka offered her support for Marco’s re-election and they had a great talk,” a Rubio spokesperson told Politico.

The two have also discussed appearing at a joint event.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: U.S. President Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on January 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to a rally in Dalton, Georgia on Monday night to boost support for Republican Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump with his daughter Ivanka. Source: Getty

In a pair of friendly statements, Rubio and Ivanka praised one another for their efforts together working on issues like paid family leave.

“I am incredibly grateful to Ivanka for her friendship and support," Rubio said.

“The challenges working mums and dads face in today’s economy are real, and Ivanka was a formidable and effective advocate for them.”

Ivanka said Rubio had been a "tremendous advocate for working families and a good personal friend".

"I know he will continue to drive meaningful progress on issues we both care deeply about,” she said.

Rubio's response to awkward Ivanka question

Last month Rubio appeared on Fox News Sunday where he awkwardly responded to questions about Ivanka potentially running against him.

When asked how seriously he would take Ivanka as an opponent, Rubio stammered through his answer, seemingly uncomfortable with the question.

“Well, I, I, I don’t really get into the parlour games of Washington,” he said.

Marco Rubio was uncomfortable when answering a question about Ivanka Trump. Source: Fox News/Getty
Marco Rubio was uncomfortable when answering a question about Ivanka Trump. Source: Fox News/Getty

“When you decide to run for re-election in a state like Florida, you have to be prepared for a competitive race, you run it like a competitive race, so that’s what I’m preparing to run, a very competitive race against a tough opponent.

“I don’t own the Senate seat, it doesn’t belong to me. If I want to be back in the US Senate, I have to earn that every six years.”

Clues Ivanka was planning political future

As Trump failed to concede defeat after President Joe Biden won the 2020 election, Ivanka was careful to keep mostly silent on fraud allegations her father was making.

While her brothers Eric and Donald Jr delivered press conferences in support of their dad’s debunked fraud claims in the days after the November election, Ivanka avoided showing such vocal support.

“It’s a smart move – the sons are protecting their dad, but acknowledging that while they probably can’t win the next election, it’s better if one of them does, which means they will be close to power anyway,” Andrew Hughes, marketing lecturer at the Australian National University, told news.com.au.

“She is probably the best of the Trumps to make a run in future – she’s young and she’s got a cutting-edge image the Republicans would like to portray.”

This theory seemed to be gathering steam, with a Facebook group called IVANKA TRUMP 2024 acquiring more than 7000 members at the end of last year.

with AP

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