Ivanka Trump stopped by the President's recent meeting with congressional leaders
She often drops by her father's meetings
President Donald Trump has a longtime habit in high-profile meetings that’s no “Art of the Deal” secret: a casual drop-by from daughter Ivanka Trump.
Take Wednesday’s meeting with congressional leaders: Ivanka Trump, who also serves as a White House adviser, “entered the Oval Office to ‘say hello’ and the meeting careened off-topic,” a congressional source briefed on the meeting told CNN’s Deirdre Walsh.
Some Republican leaders were “visibly annoyed by Ivanka’s presence,” the source said.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong refuted that characterization, saying, “That’s not true.”
At the time she entered, the President had just sided with Democrats and agreed to support a deal that would ensure passage of disaster relief funding as well as raising the debt ceiling and continuing to fund the government into December, a senior GOP source told CNN’s Dana Bash.
Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were already “shell-shocked” by what had just happened when she arrived, according to a senior GOP source.
But the first daughter walked into the Oval Office to talk specifically about the child tax credit, a key priority in her White House portfolio.
Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, confirmed the purpose of Ivanka Trump’s visit.
“We asked Ivanka to briefly join the meeting for an update on the child care tax credit and how we are working to make tax reform a bipartisan issue,” he said. “It was a quick and productive conversation.”
Earlier in the day, she had participated in a meeting with Americans for Tax Reform alongside Sen. Mike Lee and others.
“I look forward to making this expanded Child Tax Credit a reality! Working parents deserve #TaxReform,” she tweeted Wednesday morning.
Ivanka Trump also joined her father Wednesday afternoon in North Dakota, where he gave a tax reform speech.
In the middle of his remarks, the President brought her onstage.
“By the way, Ivanka Trump? Everybody loves Ivanka Trump,” he said. “Come on, should I bring Ivanka up?
He added that his daughter had asked to join him on the trip.
” ‘Daddy, can I go with you?’ ” the President said his daughter asked him. “I said, ‘yes you can.’ ”
Ivanka Trump made brief remarks on stage before leaving the stage.