Ivanka Trump Promises Not To Primary Marco Rubio: NYT
There has been speculation about the possibility of Ivanka Trump running to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate. A new report says that she’s promised not to do so.
Donald Trump has declared an intent to support what he calls “America First” candidates. His history with former Senator turned former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Trump’s support of Sessions’ primary challenger after Sessions refused to show the loyalty the then-president demanded, suggests this could include a concerted effort to remove politicians with whom Trump has bad blood.
Earlier this month, a Roll Call piece speculated on the possibility, questioning whether Ivanka Trump’s name and father could be enough to defeat a sitting Senator in a primary — typically a long shot — without any personal political experience, other than as First Daughter.
Trump reportedly wants his daughter in politics — the Guardian reports that ex-campaign official Rick Gates has shared that Trump wanted his daughter to be his running mate in 2016, and according to Newsweek, he encouraged shouts at a campaign rally suggesting that Ivanka could be the first woman to be President of the United States.
However, a New York Times report cites Nick Iacovella, a spokesman for Marco Rubio. Iacovella told the publication that Ivanka Trump has met with Rubio and told him she supports his run for reelection.
Another person close to the situation confirmed that Ivanka plans to back Rubio, and never had serious intentions of running for Senate herself. In a pinned post on social media, she appears to confirm that she has enjoyed her time in Washington but is content to move on from it:
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 19, 2021
“I came to Washington to fight for American families, and I leave feeling I’ve done that.”