Things that make you go hmmm
When a conversation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi shortly after the election took a turn toward women's issues, President-elect Donald Trump handed the phone off to his daughter, Ivanka Trump, The New York Times reports.
While the report suggests that Ivanka, 35, is poised to be the most powerful presidential daughter since Alice Roosevelt Longworth, it has also raised concerns about Trump's position on, or interest in, women's issues:
The president-elect has described himself as pro-life and has proposed tax deductions for child care expenses, six weeks of family leave for new mothers, and said that working mothers should be "fairly compensated." But Trump also faced massive amounts of criticism throughout his presidential campaign for his often sexist way of speaking about women. "Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Nobody. Nobody has more respect," he defended in late October.
Ivanka has vowed to back working women with the "heightened visibility" afforded by her father's election. "[Ivanka] elevated issues that weren't part of the Republican agenda because she cares about them," her friend, Maggie Cordish, told The New York Times.