Ivanka Trump Is The Best Voice For The Trump Agenda

Ivanka Trump Is The Best Voice For The Trump Agenda

How can somebody profess to ‘hate’ Ivanka Trump, unless they are motivated by jealousy or have simply not taken the time to hear her speak?

In my opinion, the President would be wise to dispatch his daughter as the purveyor of his messages, because she has a manner of explaining his policies in a way that both Democrats and Republicans can understand. She explains the Trump agenda in a manner which Donald too often fails to: eloquently, non-combatively, and linearly.

Whether you love her, hate her, or fall somewhere in between this spectrum, her appearance on Fox and Friends provided insight and updates on the Trump team’s agenda going forward, much of it substantive in nature.

While We Were Watching Comey, the Trump Team was Talking Infrastructure

Ivanka touched briefly on her father’s reaction to the James Comey hearing in which, despite ample mainstream media muckraking and spin, Trump came out unscathed, perhaps even ‘vindicated,' as Trump himself put it.

While the nation continued to consume the mind-numbing coverage of Jim Comey and still uncorroborated allegations of Russian interference, it was “infrastructure week” at the White House, according to Ivanka.

This included brainstorming policies aimed at improving waterways, rebuilding rural locations which have fallen into “great disrepair,” as well as improving the mechanisms related to air traffic control. Surely they discussed more during the week, but these were three issues that stood out to Ivanka.

The Upcoming Week Will Be Focused on Workforce Development

One of the benefits of Ivanka’s more measured, linear approach to explanations compared with her father is that the structure by which the administration operates is evident in her words.

Having different agendas for each week ensures that the vast array of issues this country faces are considered and acted upon in a continuous, efficient manner.

She described conversations regarding workforce development as revolving around job creation, but did not go into much detail. She made it clear, however, that attacking the issues which Americans elected Donald Trump to address is their number one priority regardless of what the media chooses to focus their attention on.

Education is Something The Administration is Actively Assessing

Ivanka described how she, President Trump, and the Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta would be making a trip to Wisconsin in order to examine one of the country’s premier technical schools.

She expressed the administration’s views on the role skill-based training and apprenticeships will play in the skills gap which America has faced due to oversaturation of four-year colleges, among other reasons:

“There is a viable path other than a four-year college experience,” Ivanka said. “There are 6 million available American jobs, so we’re constantly hearing from CEOs that they have job openings, but they don’t have workers with the skillsets they need to fill those jobs. So (we want to be) bridging that gap, and bringing experience-based education to the forefront.”

She added that although America has de-emphasized experience-based technical education in favor of four-year university degrees, the two are not mutually exclusive, and promoting trade and skills-training schools is a critical aspect of increasing the American workforce and bolstering the economy.

Increasing the Percentage of Women in STEM Fields is a Priority, as is Lessening Part-Time Jobs in Favor of Full-Time

As a tie-in to the discussion about skills training, Ivanka made it clear that women and minorities may be particularly affected, either positively or negatively, depending on how successful promotion of skills-based education ultimately proves.

“While women represent 47% of the overall workforce, we only make up 23% of STEM related occupations. So, we’re moving in the wrong direction in terms of our (female’s) participation (in STEM fields), and that’s something ultimately we’ll need to change.”

Part of this change includes encouraging K-12 age students to consider these fields, while also offering re-training for those who have been structurally pushed out of the workforce.

She added that part of increasing the overall labor participation rate, getting part-time workers on full-time salaries is imperative.

“We need the full participation (in the workforce). So many people are also working jobs that are part-time, and it’s an enormous problem in this country, the number of part-time workers who are working two or three jobs that, collectively, they’re making less than when they worked one job. And, they don’t have access to leave, to vacation, holidays, to traditional benefits.”

Jobs, jobs, jobs, as promised.

Congress will address the Perkins Act next week, which is aimed at injecting funding into these skills-based education institutions.