Ivanka Trump Praises Oprah’s Speech Amid 2020 Election Rumours

Ivanka Trump, the oldest daughter and adviser to US President Donald Trump, has praised a speech given by TV star Oprah Winfrey that sparked rumours of a possible presidential election bid.

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Ms Trump said the Golden Globe Awards speech was “empowering and inspiring”.

Ms Winfrey spoke passionately about race and sexism, as well as the importance of tackling inequality.

The speech led to calls for her to run in 2020, in an election Ms Trump’s father has suggested he will contest.

“Let’s all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP!” Ms Trump tweeted. Time’s Up is a campaign to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.

Her support for the speech provoked a mixed reaction on social media. Many people observed that a 2020 presidential run from Ms Winfrey would likely mean her campaigning against President Trump.

Others criticised Ms Trump for supporting both the president and the Time’s Up campaign. Mr Trump has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault, all of which he has denied.

Accusations of groping, forced kissing, and walking unannounced into changing areas at beauty pageants were made against Mr Trump while he was running for president.

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Oprah Winfrey poses in the press room with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif
75th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Press Room, Beverly Hills, USA – 07 Jan 2018

Ms Trump, who describes herself as an adviser to the president on “job creation, economic empowerment, workforce development & entrepreneurship”, has made women’s issues one of her key policy areas since joining the White House.

In November, she told a Tokyo summit that sexual harassment of women should “never be tolerated”.

Like Oprah Winfrey, Ms Trump has been subject to rumours about her presidential ambitions.

A controversial book about the Trump administration – Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House – alleges that Ms Trump and her husband Jared Kushner allegedly struck a deal that she might run for president in the future.

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