US President, Donald Trump, wanted his daughter, Ivanka Trump, as his vice presidential running mate during the 2016 election, a report by The Washington Post published on Monday, September 28, alleges.
According to the Washington post, in an upcoming book by former Trump deputy campaign chair Rick Gates, “Wicked Game,” that will be published October 13, during discussions about selecting a running mate, then-Republican presidential candidate Trump said to a group of top campaign aides, “I think it should be Ivanka. What about Ivanka as my VP?”
“She’s bright, she’s smart, she’s beautiful, and the people would love her!,” he added, according to the Post.
According to the paper, then presidential candidate Trump was so keen to the idea of Ivanka as a vice presidential pick and “cool to other options, including then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, that his team polled the idea twice,”
Ivanka told her father it was not a good idea leading Trump to chose Pence after he gave a “vicious and extended monologue” about former President Bill Clinton and Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton at a breakfast event.
Ivanka, serves as a senior adviser to her father in the White House and has been a prominent fixture during her father’s political career.
Trump, has often praised what he sees as his daughter’s political talent, suggesting in August that his daughter would be a better presidential candidate than California Sen. Kamala Harris, calling the Democratic vice presidential nominee “incompetent.”
“I want to see the first woman president also, but I don’t want to see a woman president get in to that position the way she’d do it, and she’s not competent, she’s not competent,” he said during a rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
“They’re all saying, ‘We want Ivanka.’ I don’t blame you.”