Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka ‘encouraged change of tone’ in speech to Congress

2 Mar

“Her fingerprints are visible on the tone, but especially on those parts of it like maternity leave that matter to her,” the official said.

Ivanka Trump, 35, the president’s older daughter, has emerged as an influential informal adviser for her father, particularly on issues important to women and minorities.

After his election victory last November, she stepped away from her business interests in New York to move to Washington and is frequently seen at her father’s events.

A White House official said Mr Trump was the principal author of the speech but had a lot of help in drafting it, including from his daughter.

The president made the final changes to his speech during a marathon session on Tuesday, working closely with Vice President Mike Pence, chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief speechwriter Stephen Miller.

Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, is a senior White House adviser with particular interest in trade deals and Middle East diplomacy.