Ivanka Trump had quite a bit of influence on her father’s policies and actions as president, as a new book has revealed. In fact, it seems Ivanka even advised Trump on some drastic measures taken in the days following the murder of George Floyd.
In Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History, a new book by authors Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta, it is revealed that Ivanka played a bigger role in the president’s response to the tragedy than previously suspected.
When protestors gathered around the White House on May 29, 2020, following Floyd’s murder a few days earlier, Ivanka persuaded her father to take a stand in response to protests.
The book reports that the Secret Service wanted to move the president into a bunker for safety, but the Trumps didn’t want to feel like “shivering cowards.”
The book explains, “The next day he hatched a plan, prodded by his daughter Ivanka. He needed to show Americans that he wasn’t cowering in the White House’s bunker. He needed to show his bravery.”
After this, Trump’s response to the protests was much more forceful. Federal forces were ordered to attempt to shut down relatively peaceful demonstrations with rubber bullets, tear gas, and flash grenades.
The book said that Trump told the press, “These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror. The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God. That is why I am taking immediate Presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America.”