Ivanka Trump opts out of father’s 2024 campaign
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WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump opted out of her father’s first presidential run Thursday, saying she wants to spend more time with her “favorite child,” her husband, Eric Trump.
“I’ve said this before and I’m going to continue to say it: I would just prefer to spend more time with my family, to spend more time with my favorite child Eric and my husband, Donald Trump Jr. and his children,” Ivanka Trump said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Her father has been battling the possibility that he’d be indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., in a corruption case.
According to court papers, Vance has requested that the federal authorities pursue charges against the president’s son and his brother, Donald Trump Jr. The president’s son is also a target in a separate criminal investigation into contacts with a foreign government.
President Donald Trump called his eldest daughter an “incredible first lady” during a news conference to announce his 2020 re-election bid Thursday.
“I believe that Ivanka and Jared have done a wonderful job in taking over at the White House. They’re both really excellent. And I think they’re really good people,” said the president, whose remarks came during a press conference in the Rose Garden at Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Va.
Ahead of her husband speaking at a Republican gathering Thursday afternoon, Ivanka Trump told ABC News in a statement:
“I was thrilled to be asked to take part in today’s news conference and to be able to share again with all of the voters the incredible first lady, the incredible husband and father, the incredible father-in-law, and the incredible daughter I’ve been blessed to know.”
Before Donald Trump Jr. came into the spotlight, Ivanka Trump was a political activist. She has advocated for immigration reform, advocated for single-payer health care and advocated for gun control. At the same time, the president’s daughter has been critical of his administration’s immigration policies, and opposed the president’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria