In preparation for her now full-time role in the Trump administration, Ivanka Trump has been secretly reaching out to the heads of liberal special-interest groups for months, including Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.
Politico reports that the first daughter “requested a sit-down with Cecile Richards,” apparently wanting “to know more about the facts of Planned Parenthood” and to reach “common ground” on abortion.
“The purpose of the meeting, from Cecile’s point of view, was to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded, and why it would be a terrible idea for Planned Parenthood to be removed from being able to see Medicaid patients,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America told Politico.
The long and short of their discussion, reportedly, was an argument from Cecile Richards to Ivanka Trump on why Planned Parenthood should not be defunded – a position that conflicts with President Trump’s campaign promises and claim to be pro-life.
Whether those lies translate to policies in the Trump administration remains to be seen, but the first daughter and her husband Jared Kushner have already worked to stop an executive order on religious freedom in defense of LGBT special-interest groups. It is not unreasonable to think Ivanka Trump will fight an effort to defund Planned Parenthood as well.
And that’s not all. Perhaps the most revealing part of Politico’s story is that Trump has been meeting with several leaders of progressive special interest groups since the election.
Ivanka Trump has been on a listening tour since moving to Washington, as she stakes a claim on women's issues. In addition to her meeting with Richards, she has quietly met with other leaders of the progressive women’s movement, including Marcia Greenberger, co-president the National Women's Law Center, and Judy Lichtman, senior adviser to the National Partnership for Women and Family, sources familiar with the meetings told POLITICO.
The only conceivable purpose for doing this is to pitch the liberal lies and talking points directly to the president — to move the administration further leftward. That’s what happened when Ivanka Trump brought Al Gore to Trump Tower to discuss environmental issues. Months later, the Trump administration is mulling a carbon tax.
So, through Ivanka Trump, liberal organizations have a direct influence on White House policy. And the administration continues to lurch to the left.
Which member of the Trump administration is meeting with conservatives?