Voters are enraged that Donald Trump allowed his daughter, Ivanka Trump, to sit in on the meeting with Japan’s prime minister. Critics like Keith Olbermann trashed this case of ‘nepotism,’ and an expert EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com that Ivanka’s presence causes a clear ‘conflict of interest.’
Seeing the American president-elect and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 62, sit down for a chat would not be that unusual. After all, Donald, 70, will become the next president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017. Yet, when photos of his Nov. 17 meeting showed Ivanka, 35, and her husband, Jared Kushner, 35, sitting in on the meeting, voters were absolutely pissed! CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE MEETING.
Ivanka doesn’t have security clearance and is set to run her father’s business (supposedly in a blind trust) while he moves into the White House, according to the Daily Mail. This left many, including Keith Olberman, 57, seeing red. “Attention [Donald Trump],” tweeted Keith Olberman, 57, the former host of Countdown and special correspondent for GQ magazine tweeted. “Nobody else in your family was ‘elected.’ Get your daughter THE F*CK OUT OF STATE MEETINGS.”
He does have a point. Both Ivanka and Jared are successful businesspeople. If they heard Donald and Shinzo talk trade deals or economic plans, it would give them an unfair advantage when doing business overseas.
Yet, should voters just get used to seeing Ivanka by her father’s side while he’s president? “Trump can use his children as unofficial advisers and consult with them all the time,” Jeffrey Tulis, political expert and government professor at University of Texas, EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com. However, that doesn’t mean Ivanka can sit in on every state meeting, as Professor Tulis says it would “raise a lot of questions” with Trump’s critics. “Some are arguing that the children should not be allowed to run their business at all while Trump is in office because it creates a conflict of interest rules.”
Now, this may not have been an official state meeting, as a source tells Daily Mail it was just an “informal” chat. “The president-elect has always encouraged Ivanka and his children to attend meetings with him,” the source added. “The family obviously needs to adjust to the new realities and they will.”
This “adjustment” can’t come soon enough for some, as voters were dropping the N-word: nepotism! “Disgusting – nepotism and arrogance,” one user tweeted, while another called Ivanka and Jared’s involvement a “nightmare.”
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 18, 2016
Ivanka Trump sat in on her father's meeting today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, per handout photo pic.twitter.com/tEbfYYeJFA
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) November 18, 2016
Ivanka in mtg w Japan PM – the United States of @realDonaldTrump – new family business? Disgusting – nepotism and arrogance.
— Steven Meyerson, MD (@StevenMeyerson1) November 18, 2016
Trump meets Japan PM, Ivanka Trump & his son-in-law were both in the meeting & no press. Isn't that a case of nepotism?
— Laura Riemer (@smbusbuilding) November 18, 2016
— ClassyLady62 (@CLady62) November 18, 2016
Ivanka in the room with president-elect and Japan's PM? #conflict? She runs the business, no?
— Eric Hard (@E_Hard) November 18, 2016
Trump never settles – he settled. Ivanka won't be part of govt. – she's in meeting with Japan. Drain the swamp – hires the swamp. #MAGA
— Dylan A. Kent (@dylanakent) November 18, 2016
In this week’s edition of “Nepotism Nightmare” Ivanka Trump sits in on her father’s meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister.
— My Comedy Therapy (@mycomedytherapy) November 18, 2016
Does Ivanka Trump have business interests in Japan?
So much for blind trust and the Presidency.
— Alasscan™ Hate Won (@Alasscan_) November 18, 2016
Why. Are. Jared. Kushner. And. Ivanka. Trump. Meeting. With. The. Prime. Minister. Of. Japan.
— Brendan Willis (@brendanwillis) November 18, 2016
Why did an unofficial meeting with Japan take place & why was Ivanka, a member of Trump's blind trust, there?
— Jod (@jodmentum) November 18, 2016
Ivanka, manager of the Trump family business with assets in many states, is minder at her dad's meeting with PM of Japan.
This is so wrong. https://t.co/yt2tAGpQzD
— (((Ystriya))) (@ystriya) November 18, 2016
Ivanka sitting on a meeting of heads of state isn’t just “wrong” – it’s illegal. None of Trump’s children can work in his administration while running the family business. “There is a nepotism law so that they can’t even be appointed to major posts,” Jeffrey tells HollywoodLife.com. Huh. So if Jared and Ivanka want to avoid breaking the law, they may want to be skip out on future meetings.
Are you upset that Ivanka and Jared appeared to sit in on the meeting between Donald and the Japanese prime minister, HollywoodLifers?