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There’s No Such Business As Private Business When You Are The President-Elect Of The United States

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There is no one single legitimate reason why Ivanka Trump would be sitting through an official meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, writes Ksenija Pavlovic, Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today.

Now this is really starting to look like a complete privatization of political power. President-elect’s daughter Ivanka Trump has placed herself in the lounging chair at the official meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that took place at Trump Tower. In what capacity did she do that?

Since President-elect Donald J. Trump won the election, political leaders have started visiting him at his three-floor apartment at the Trump Tower. From the get- go, it all looked like a scene from a prime time soap opera, almost as if The Carringtons had won the election, coupled with the populist postcard of Donald Trump and leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage posing together in front of the golden doors at the Trump’s estate on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue.

The new picture that is flooding social media is the one of Ivanka Trump sitting in a meeting with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and it all looks like one big family reunion, which it exactly was not.

Trump Tower or White House North

President-elect is transitioning and it does not look like he has established clear cut boundaries nor specifically designated roles within his team. Trump needs to show leadership and speak up about the high profile positions he is assigning to his children.

America does not want to be run by “the Family” and while Trump’s business is the legitimate family business, the state of America is not.

Americans would be equally resenting of the idea of Chelsea Clinton sitting through the meeting with the foreign leader and Hillary Clinton.

Foreign leaders are not paying private “home visits” and while some are now trying to defend the picture from the meeting by stating how it was a private convocation, there is no such business as private business when one is the President-Elect of the United States.

With or without violation of conflict of interest, the picture of Ivanka Trump in the official meeting with the PM of Japan simply does not look good. If Trump is planning  to appoint his daugher in an official capacity and have her resign from the family business, then he should send a memo. Keeping the situation as it is opens the doors for nepotism and privatization of political power. America is a democracy, not the Dynasty.

It seems as if only Melania Trump knows her protocolar role and is keeping herself out of the Presidential business. For how long, we will see.


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Ksenija Pavlovic

Ksenija Pavlovic

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent.

Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department at Yale University, Lead Instructor in International Affairs and Security and Politics Law and Economics programs at Yale Global Scholars, Head Writing Fellow at the Yale Graduate Writing Center, Fellow of the “Research and Travel Award in Grand Strategy” from International Security Studies (ISS) at Yale University, Fellow of the Roger Hertog Global Strategy Initiative in Religious Violence at Columbia University, a Doctoral candidate in Political Conflict and Peace Building Processes at Complutense University in Madrid, Fellow of the OSI Global Supplementary Grant Program, and a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Juan March Institute. She holds an M.Sc. in European Politics from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in American Politics, and a B.A. in Journalism and Communication from the University of Belgrade. She speaks English, Serbian, Croatian, and Spanish.

Pavlovic has interviewed exclusively pivotal figures including Arianna Huffington, Sir Richard Branson, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, Karlie Kloss, filmmaker and founder of the Webby awards Tiffany Shlain, film director Lars von Trier, actors Adam Brody, Monica Bellucci, fashion designers Adolfo Dominguez, Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karan, publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes; the world No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic; novelist Martin Amis, as well as big names in the governmental arena such as the former President of Serbia Boris Tadic, the leading members of the first democratic Serbian government and Milorad Dodik, President of the Serbian entity of BIH. Moreover, Ms. Pavlovic has exclusively covered the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, London Film Festival, Madrid Fashion Week, The Madrid Open, and a range of other international benefit and political events.


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