In June, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and one of his most trusted advisers, tweeted her support for the LGBT community in recognition of LGBT Pride Month:
I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 2, 2017
On Wednesday, the oldest Trump daughter undermined her previous claims of support for LGBT people when she remained silent following her father’s ban on transgender people in the military.
According to Newsweek, Ivanka Trump’s silence has some people questioning her ability to influence any decisions made in the White House, despite a number of media stories that describe her as having the president’s ear and being able to sway him on important social issues.
For example, Ivanka strongly advocated for gender equality and climate change research when her father was campaigning. But since landing her White House role as “senior advisor,” she has been unable to convince her father to stick with the Paris Climate Agreement, nor has she been able to influence decisions surrounding Planned Parenthood, which was cut from the Trump administration’s budget proposal.
Granted, there’s a chance she could be keeping any frustrations she may have with his recent transgender military ban in private. In an April interview with CBS, Ivanka said Americans shouldn’t “conflate lack of public denouncement with silence”:
I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard. In some cases it’s through protest and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue in which you disagree with. Other times it is quietly and directly and candidly. So where I disagree with my father, he knows it, and I express myself with total candor. Where I agree, I fully lean in and support the agenda and hope that I can be an asset to him and make a positive impact. But I respect the fact that he always listens. It’s how he was in business. It’s how he is as president.
So basically, she says she tells him what she thinks, but that’s the end of the story. As an “influencer,” she apparently isn’t very good at all.
Check out a few reactions to Ivanka Trump’s stunning silence on the transgender military ban below:
Is there any woman LESS empowering than Ivanka Trump? Got a job she's totally unqualified for because of her daddy, & has zero influence.
— Molly (@isteintraum) July 27, 2017
@IvankaTrump Saddened by silence 4 ur Trans "friends". Friends r people who R there when you r in need, yet U R are silent. Thanks friend:(
— jay dworin (@jdworin) July 27, 2017
ivanka…delete this https://t.co/QvaCP3pW9r
— corey kindberg (@coreykindberg) July 26, 2017
"Ally" @IvankaTrump is oddly silent on Trump's transgender ban. How long til people realize she cares as little about people as Trump does?
— Felix Huertas (@FelixForTruth) July 27, 2017
and where is princess @IvankaTrump now extolling her support – Entire family is so used to lying that nothing they say has any credence
— Compassion Please (@QuiInterrogat) July 27, 2017
I guess support stops at the military doorstep. Your dad is a sad disappointment.
— Don Miller (@realSWBDon) July 27, 2017
— Amy Grimm (@AGRIMMONE) July 27, 2017
That "T" stands for Transgender. The rights of the very people your father has just attacked
— Gavin McMahon (@gjjmcmahon) July 27, 2017