Ivanka Trump praises Oprah’s ’empowering and inspiring’ speech

Ivanka Trump praises Oprah’s ’empowering and inspiring’ speech

(Screenshot from the 2018 Golden Globes)

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, a White House aide and daughter of President Donald Trump, praised Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech Monday night, describing it as “empowering” and “inspiring.”

Trump’s support for the #TimesUp hashtag, which refers to countering abuse at the hands of powerful men in Hollywood and beyond, was met with accusations of hypocrisy in light of the sexual misconduct allegations against her father.

Winfrey’s speech was interpreted by many within the Beltway as a potential sign that she could be considering a 2020 run, something she has publicly batted down, but that those in her inner circle have left open as a possibility.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday that the President welcomes a 2020 challenge “whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else,” but predicted that it would not be an easy race.

“Regardless of who’s on the ballot, regardless who decides to run against this President, they are going to have to face a President who has record-setting achievements in record-setting time, whether it’s an economy that is booming, job creation, historic tax cuts and tax reform when that hadn’t been touched in 30 years, an increase in wages, an absolute decimation of ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” Gidley said.

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