In an interview with the Financial Times published on Thursday, the president’s eldest daughter rebuffed the assumption that she holds much power of persuasion over her father, despite the innumerable reports claiming that she is often the one to convince him of something or attempt to change his mind.
Take the Paris climate accord. She reportedly organized five weeks of meetings to convince her father to not pull out of the agreement. In the end, he didn’t listen.
“Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me,” she said. “That my presence in and of itself would carry so much weight with my father that he would abandon his core values and the agenda that the American people voted for when they elected him. It’s not going to happen. To those critics, shy of turning my father into a liberal, I’d be a failure to them.”
She added that voicing dissent publicly would “mean I’m not part of the team.”
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