Ivanka Trump met this morning with Sens. Marco Rubio and Deb Fischer and others to discuss paid family leave.
Fischer and Rubio have been leaders within their party on family leave. Fischer reintroduced a bill this year that would give tax credits to companies that offer paid leave for employees. Rubio also supported the idea during his run for president in 2016.
Ivanka Trump’s proposal, however, would impose a mandate on businesses. That idea, which is included in her father’s budget proposal, hasn’t been embraced by Republicans.
The issue is one of personal importance to Ivanka Trump. She has sought to sell her own left-leaning workplace policies in a White House run by conservatives. Privately, she has told people that the paid leave policy in Trump’s budget is just a placeholder, and even hinted she’d be willing to push for something more ambitious.
The meeting began with an awkward hug between Marco Rubio and Ivanka Trump that was quickly mocked on Twitter.
Ivanka Trump being greeted at the Capitol by Marco Rubio…what's going on here? pic.twitter.com/HNqpyBFVqE
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) 20. јун 2017.
Her posture is exactly how I imagined Drumpf women react to touch.
— Suz (@IamSuz) 20. јун 2017.
He's consoling her because she and Jared are going to PRISON 🤔
— Wanda (@wcsek) 20. јун 2017.
Li'l Marco being a massive suck up. Nothing new about that. He's the ultimate toadie; definitely looking to curry favor. What a tool.
— Norah Jane (@NorahJane10) 20. јун 2017.
Who does Marco think he is. her father??
— John Lorenz (@StrangeShadows) 20. јун 2017.
Then Ivanka tweeted herself, saying, “Just left a productive meeting on the Hill to discuss issues affecting American working families, including childcare & paid family leave!”
Just left a productive meeting on the Hill to discuss issues affecting American working families, including childcare & paid family leave!
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) 20. јун 2017.
Twitter fired back:
Was the main issue affecting American families, your family ?
— Kay Kay (@heyheykaykay2) 20. јун 2017.
YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT! You have no business being there. pic.twitter.com/zm87ZvTQ9Y
— Ryan Graney (@RyanEGraney) 20. јун 2017.
Meetings are not productive, it's the actions that come from them that determine productivity. #ShowMetheAction
— Brett Stephen (@brettstephen) 20. јун 2017.