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Donald Trump 'boasts about positive media coverage of Ivanka Trump' at White House prayer dinner

President has consistently attacked The New York Times, often calling it 'fake news'

Will Worley
Thursday 04 May 2017 10:47 BST
An advocate gender equality and climate change, Ms Trump has softened the public image of the President
An advocate gender equality and climate change, Ms Trump has softened the public image of the President (Michael Sohn/Reuters)

Donald Trump has used a newspaper to “boast” about the coverage of his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

The President was hosting faith leaders from across the country for the White House’s annual National Day of Prayer event.

Mr Trump held up a copy of The New York Times to brag about a front page story on Ms Trump, according to an attendee.

Christian broadcaster Eric Metaxas tweeted a photo of the President holding up the newspaper – which Mr Trump has consistently criticised – and said he was referring to its coverage of the First Family.

The Times has frequently been the subject of Mr Trump’s outbursts and he often calls the newspaper “failing” and “fake news”.

The paper recently revealed Mr Trump reduced his daughter to tears after refusing to properly apologise for leaked audio tapes in which he boasted of “grabbing [women] by the pussy” because he was famous.

Ms Trump’s role at the White House has been a source of significant contention for critics of the administration.

Prior to Mr Trump’s inauguration, Ms Trump denied that she would take an office in the East Wing of the White House or act as First Lady in the place of Melania Trump, who has less interest in politics.

But in March, the White House confirmed Ms Trump would have an office in the West Wing in the role of Assistant to the President.

Since Mr Trump took office, Ms Trump has emerged as a senior figure in the White House, with considerable influence over the President. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is also a senior aide to Mr Trump.

Ms Trump reportedly enjoys the ability to call senior government officials about issues that interest her and plans to review executive orders following the calamitous fallout from previous legislation.

Despite having no previous government experience, Ms Trump has presented herself as a moderating force in the White House and claimed to be promoting a feminist agenda.

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