Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, were vital components of Donald Trump’s White House administration. Of course, the four-year tenure of said administration came to a controversial conclusion, amid much chaos and plenty of drama.
Ivanka and Jared got their fair share of criticism afterwards. Since leaving Washington, the couple have settled in Florida, along with the like the rest of the Trump family.
Living within a family of billionaires sounds like a relatively comfortable life. You’d be able to do almost anything; pursue any dreams in the world; take vacations on a whim; not be beholden to any boss, ever.
Ivanka Trump had such an upbringing. The youngest daughter of Donald Trump and Ivana was born October 30, 1981, in New York City, and grew up with her famous parents. When she was ten years of age, Ivana and Donald divorced.
Journalist and Ivanka’s close friend from school, Lysandra Orhstrom, decided she’d had enough after Donald Trump called the media “the enemy of the people.”
In a piece for Vanity Fair, Orhstrom – a maid of honor at Ivanka’s wedding – revealed that they had grown apart. She went on to say Ivanka was spoiled and materialistic in high school.
Lysandra recalled a time Donald had even asked who at their school was prettier than his daughter.
“I think it’s past time that one of the many critics from Ivanka’s childhood comes forward – if only to ensure that she really will never recover from the decision to tie her fate to her father’s,” Ohrstrom wrote.
Now, this isn’t to say Ivanka didn’t have any friends left, and she’s always had a family who loves her. Even so, losing some of her close acquaintances was an understandably bitter. In November of last year, the New York Post reported that Ivanka was disappointed that her friends “turned their back on her” during her tenure at the White House in her father’s administration.
“Ivanka hated all the criticism and the threats and was unhappy about how a lot of their friends turned their back on them,” an unnamed source said.
Why Ivanka Trump won’t go back to politics
“While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena. I am grateful to have had the honor of serving the American people and I will always be proud of many of our Administration’s accomplishments.”
Ivanka also said that she is “very proud” of her work at the White House and what she was “able to accomplish” in an interview with Fox News. But passing on her father’s proposal was not only because she wanted to prioritize family, according to a close friend of hers.
“I think losing a parent definitely leads to a real awakening that means different things for different people. For Ivanka, it underscored how fleeting time is,” the unnamed friend told the New York Post.
“But with all the sadness that came from that time, the constant refrain in every story that she heard about her mother … was that she really lived: in work, personally and professionally; (and like Ivanka) she also left it all on the field. She was not waiting to have fun at a later date! She was definitely one of a kind and a true force of nature.”
Ivanka and Jared were said to have decided to leave politics for good back in early 2021. A Trump insider noted that going into government “changed the trajectory of all of their lives” and that they are “unlikely” to return.
“Ivanka and Jared … were really specific they would not be coming back. They feel like it was an amazing, extraordinary chapter in their lives—but their exit was not triggered by one thing.”