February 13, 2017

Ivanka Trump Attends White House Taskforce Meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

Ivanka Trump attended her first White House policy meeting on Monday since her father, President Donald Trump, was sworn in nearly a month ago. The meeting was with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is visiting the White House, and members of a newly-formed task force for female entrepreneurs, the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs.

The task force is made up of female executives, including General Electric Canada CEO Elyse Allan, T&T Supermarket Inc. CEO Tina Lee, TransAlta Corp. CEO Dawn Farrell, and Linamar Corp. CEO Linda Hasenfratz.

The first daughter (who does not have an official position in the Trump White House) was an active participant in the meeting, and spoke of hoping to collaborate with task force members on confronting the challenges facing women in the workforce today.

“I’m honored to be here and really looking forward to hearing from each of you who serve as tremendous role models for me and so many other business leaders across both of our countries, and can lend some tremendously valuable perspective as we think about the unique challenges that entrepreneurs, women in the workforce, female small business owners are confronted with each and every day, and as we think how we level the playing field for this generation and for the next,” she said.

Dina Powell, a senior White House official, said in a call that the task force is focusing in part on utilizing the potential of women in growing the economy in both the United States and Canada.

“We’ve made this a central issue on growing the economy,” she said. “It’s not just a women’s issue, it’s really good business.”

She also said that Trudeau reached out to Trump about working together on issues impacting women.

Things were friendly between President Trump and Trudeau during the meeting and throughout the day, though they’ve had a contentious relationship in the past. Trudeau has been a vocal critic of Trump, going back to the early days of his candidacy.

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