Presidential daughter Ivanka Trump reportedly had a secret meeting with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards just weeks after her father’s inauguration.
According to Politico, Ivanka requested the meeting with Richards to talk about the organization that is being targeted for defunding because it performs abortions.
“The purpose of the meeting, from Cecile’s point of view, was to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded, and why it would be a terrible idea for Planned Parenthood to be removed from being able to see Medicaid patients,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
She recounted that Richards tried to explain to the presidential daughter that the funds received by the organization do not go to abortions, adding that it gets reimbursed in the same way a hospital does.
Laguens further noted that Ivanka had expressed interest in knowing more about the “facts of Planned Parenthood.”
Politico also reported that Ivanka had met with other leaders of progressive women’s movement, such as Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, and Judy Lichtman, senior adviser to the National Partnership for Women and Family.
Last month, Richards publicly criticized the presidential daughter for her “deafening” silence and challenged her to “stand for women.”
Richards took another public shot at Ivanka during her speech at the Women in the World conference in New York City on Wednesday.
“Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the cross hairs of basically every single policy we’ve seen in this administration,” said Richards about the presidential daughter, who is now a senior White House official with a security clearance and an office in the West Wing.
In an interview with Gayle King that aired on CBS on Wednesday, Ivanka defended herself, saying why she has not been outspoken and arguing that speaking out on issues where she does not see a win would not help her be effective in the White House. She further asserted that “most people will not actually know about” the impact that she has in her father’s administration.
Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have held key leadership roles throughout the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump and in the new administration, which prompted some concerns among pro-life advocates and some conservatives about their potential influence and administration policies.
The couple has actively supported gay marriage, and they are believed to be responsible for thwarting an executive order that was aimed at protecting religious freedom for people of faith.