Donald Trump suggested that he might choose his daughter Ivanka Trump to be part of his cabinet if elected president.
“I want to know just as a female, who you would actually put into office as one of the first females in your cabinet?” First Coast News reporter Angelia Savage and former employee of the Trump organization, asked Trump in an interview on Aug. 4.
“Well there are so many different ones to choose, I can tell you everybody would say—’Put Ivanka in! Put Ivanka in!’ You know that, right?” Trump said.
“She’s very popular, she’s done very well. And you know Ivanka very well. But there really are so many that are talented people, like you,” he said to Savage, “You’re so talented, I don’t know if your viewers know that.”
After that, he joked that he might add Savage to his cabinet.
Ivanka Trump has played a significant role in the Trump campaign, campaigning with and advising her father, introducing him at the Republican National Convention on July 21, and actively reaching out to appeal to women voters and voters in the millennial generation during her speech.
The Clinton campaign quickly responded to Ivanka floated as a cabinet member by referencing a controversy that came out of the 2012 election campaign.
“We know a guy with a binder,
@realDonaldTrump. (He might not take your calls, though.),” tweeted Hillary.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 4, 2016
The reference is to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who, when asked during a debate with Obama about pay equality for women and women’s pay equality, said that as Governor of Massachusetts he went to women’s groups and “they brought us whole binders full of women.”
The statement intended to explain the process for diversifying his cabinet, but was mocked when taken out of context online through a series of popular memes on the internet.
This isn’t the first time that someone in the Trump campaign has floated Ivanka as a good person to have as an official part of the team. When Trump was deciding on a Vice President, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Eric Trump both recommended Ivanka as a good pick for the position before Indiana Governor Mike Pence was chosen.
The announcement of Ivanka as a potential Trump cabinet member comes as the Trump campaign announced eleven members to an economic advisory team including real-estate investors, hedge-fund managers and bankers.
Trump is expected to lay out his economic plan on Monday in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. His campaign is looking to capitalize on economic plans designed to put the working class first in states like Michigan, and revitalize the domestic economy by rejecting unpopular trade deals.