DONALD Trump wanted to name his daughter Ivanka as his running mate in the 2016 election, adding “she’s bright, she’s smart, she’s beautiful, and the people would love her!”
According to a new book by his former deputy campaign manager, Rick Gates, in June 2016 during a discussion with his top campaign aides, Trump flirted with the idea of nominating his daughter vice president
Gates claims in his book, which is set to be released on October 13, that Trump asked the assembled group, “I think it should be Ivanka. That about Ivanka as my VP?”
In the book, Wicked Game: An Insider’s Story on how Trump Won, Mueller Failed and America Lost, Gates writes, “All heads turned toward her, and she just looked surprised. We all knew Trump well enough to keep our mouths shut and not laugh.”
Ivanka, then-34-years-old, was a fashion and real estate executive who had never held an elected official position or had any political experience before.
According to Gates, it was an idea Trump brought up repeatedly, including during a conversation that included Jared Kushner and all the other adult Trump children.
Trump was convinced on the idea of his eldest-daughter as his running mate and wasn’t sold on the names being pitched to him as part of the Republican ticket, including his eventual selection Mike Pence, the then-Indiana governor.
The then-presidential nominee’s actions signaled to his team “just how serious he was about putting his politically inexperienced daughter just a heartbeat from the presidency,” Gates wrote.
The campaign went as far as testing her appeal by placing Ivanka Trump’s name next to a dozen potential vice president candidates in internal campaign polls.
“She didn’t poll tremendously high, but higher than we expected, and that only added to the seriousness of her consideration,” Gates noted.
It was Ivanka who finally ended the conversation, Gates wrote, going to her father to tell him it wasn’t a good idea.
According to Gates, Trump eventually came around and selected Pence, after the governor won him over by delivering a “vicious and extended monologue,” about Bill and Hillary Clinton at a get-to-know-you breakfast later that summer.
Gates noted how Trump values loyalty, family and ensuring those around him support his agenda and not their own, which is why Trump puts family members in key positions.
Ivanka and Kushner both have high-ranking position in the Trump White House. Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr run the Trump Organization, the family business.
Gates memoir is more defense of the president than a tell-all book. It recounts his time on the campaign trail and his experience with Mueller’s probe.
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