Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner pose for wedding photos after ceremony at Trump National Golf Club

Ivanka Trump and budding real estate mogul Jared Kushner tied the knot Sunday in an opulent over-the-top ceremony in New Jersey horse country. The millionaire kids spared no expense in the wedding shindig for 500 nearest-and dearest including Regis Philbin, who was reportedly tapped to sing at the Trump golf club in Bedminster, N.J. The Donald's oldest daughter wore a Vera Wang wedding gown designed to resemble Grace Kelly's, a $45,000 hair clip, $130,000 diamond drop earrings and a $90,000 Art Deco-inspired bracelet from her own jewelry line. The groom, who is Jewish, and Ivanka Trump, who converted to her husband's faith, said their vows beneath a massive huppah, or wedding canopy. Ivanka Trump, 27, who is also an executive at the Trump Organization, has proved to be a chip off the old self-promoting block. She recently penned a book, "The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life," and did a prenuptial wedding interview for Brides magazine. Even as the ceremony loomed, she kept her Twitter followers up to date about the big day. "Just finished a gorgeous hike. The leaves are spectacular and the sun is shining. Everything is simply perfect! I'm getting married today!" Trump tweeted, just hours before she was set to walk down the aisle. Kushner, 28, is the publisher of The New York Observer and a principal in his the real estate empire of his father, Charles Kushner. He popped the question last July after dating Trump for two years. The elder Kushner is no stranger to scandal. He was convicted of hiring a hooker to seduce his brother-in-law in an effort to prevent him from testifying in a campaign finance probe. Not to be out-tweeted, Preston Bailey, the floral designer and wedding planner who also handled Donald and Melania Trump's lavish 2005 wedding, also kept his Twitter posse in the loop. "I can safely say it's the most elegant job I have ever done thanks to her great style," he tweeted. Continue Reading

It takes a lot to get Ivanka Trump teed off

Ivanka Trump could not look less golfer-ly in those Stuart Weitzman pink crocodile stilettos. She admitted at the Callaway Golf Girls Club event in Chelsea on Tuesday that she doesn't often play, although she told us, "Occasionally, I like to check our courses to make sure everything's in good working order." No doubt that's why Donald Trump made her a VP. Ivanka also said she got to hang out with some of the cast of her dad's show, "Celebrity Apprentice." Fighters "Tito [Ortiz] and Lennox [Lewis] are truly the sweetest guys," she said, "but Gene [Simmons] ... my dad was right. Gene can never be wrong, and he couldn't accept that he was being judged." Sounds like Ivanka should helm the next season! Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Democrat Randy Bryce expresses regret, deletes controversial tweet on Ivanka Trump

Amid mounting criticism, Democrat Randy Bryce took to Twitter late Monday to express regret and delete a controversial tweet on Ivanka Trump.Bryce, an ironworker from Caledonia, is seeking the Democratic nomination to take on Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville next year in the 1st Congressional District race."I posted a tweet about Ivanka Trump yesterday that I regret & deleted. I'm sorry for my word choice. Thank YOU to activists who commented," Bryce said in the tweet.On Sunday, Bryce took a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner. The tweet came as the political world awaited the first charges to be handed down in the probe led by special counselor Robert Mueller III.Bryce tweeted: "Don’t worry @jaredkushner regardless of what might go down - she’ll be okay. #MuellerTime." The tweet was accompanied by a photo of Ivanka Trump sitting next to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The tweet drew scorn from Bryce's Democratic challenger, Cathy Myers, of Janesville, and others.  Continue Reading

Randy Bryce tweet on Ivanka Trump draws criticism from Democratic foe Cathy Myers

Democrat Randy Bryce is out to upset Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville in the 1st Congressional District next year.But first, he might have to get a handle on his tweeting.Amid reports that the first charges were to be handed down in the probe led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller III, Bryce tried to crack wise Sunday.The ironworker from Caledonia ended up taking a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner.Bryce tweeted: "Don’t worry @jaredkushner regardless of what might go down - she’ll be okay. #MuellerTime." The tweet was accompanied by a photo of Ivanka Trump sitting next to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Bryce's Democratic opponent, Cathy Myers of Janesville, fired back: "Don't worry #WI01, I'm going to win my primary v @IronStache, so you don't need to vote for someone who thinks women need a man to be okay."She also referenced a July 22, 2016, tweet from Bryce in which he wrote: "If you look up the word succubus, you'll see Ivanka Trump."The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines succcubus as "a demon assuming female form to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep."Asked about Sunday's tweet, Bryce said: "Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort — the whole lot — have demonstrated to the world what inappropriate conduct looks like: colluding with a hostile foreign power to influence an American election. My neighbors and I are sitting here very anxiously this weekend hoping that justice begins tomorrow."On Monday, Myers called on Bryce to delete the Ivanka Trump-related tweets and apologize.In a statement, Myers said:  "Randy Bryce's refusal to address this issue shows that he doesn't understand why his comments are disrespectful to every woman in Wisconsin's First District. He needs to understand why it's inappropriate to attack a woman he disagrees with by sexualizing and objectifying her. I won't stand for Continue Reading

Ivanka Trump named daddy’s little board member

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Former runway model and heiress Ivanka Trump is joining the board of the gaming company that bears her flamboyant father's name."She's been outstanding in everything she has done, and she will be an outstanding board member," Donald Trump told The Press of Atlantic City for Saturday editions.Ivanka Trump will join the board of Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.The 25-year-old already has some experience to draw from: she was her coifed father's sidekick on his reality television show "The Apprentice."She currently serves as a vice president with the Trump Organization, which controls Trump hotels, real estate holdings and golf courses, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, one of the top business schools in the nation.Before joining the board, Ivanka Trump must receive a license from the state Casino Control Commission. It is expected the state agency will grant her preliminary approval as soon as Wednesday.Casino regulators will conduct a background check on Ivanka Trump to make sure she has done nothing that would disqualify her from holding a gambling license. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Ivanka Trump used her charm to sell an expanded child tax credit, and it’s working

WASHINGTON — In his effort to gin up support for a sweeping tax overhaul, President Trump has taken to publicly cajoling, ribbing and even threatening lawmakers, but his oldest daughter took an entirely different approach to get an expanded child tax credit included in the legislation.With the help of Ivanka Trump’s charm offensive, her priority tax credit has been embraced by both Republicans and some moderate Democrats. While Democrats have railed against the tax bill as a gift to the wealthy, some vulnerable Democrats have signaled an openness to an expansion of the child tax credit, one of the few provisions in the massive legislation that could have bipartisan support.Ivanka Trump has been meeting with lawmakers in the marble halls of the U.S. Capitol, in the White House complex and over dinner at her posh D.C. home to discuss an expansion of the child tax credit. And lawmakers are tripping over themselves to be associated with her and the popular provision. Having her backing is “a power-packed punch — triple p. I think she’s smart, she’s passionate about the issue, I think she understands and appreciates the impact that it will have on everyday folks so it’s been a positive reinforcement,” Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina told USA TODAY. Scott hosted Ivanka Trump and a group of House and Senate Republicans at the Capitol in October and is on the Senate Finance Committee, which is charged with drafting the Senate version of the tax bill.A White House official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the negotiations, said Trump's oldest daughter met with two dozen Senate and House members and multiple outside groups on the topic ahead of the release of Thursday's bill. The official said she will continue to travel to sell the tax reform bill as a boost for working families. Currently, Americans can get a tax Continue Reading

Ivanka Trump faces backlash for pro-LGBT tweet after father announces trans military ban

Twitter never forgets.On the same day her father announced a ban on transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, Ivanka Trump is taking heat for a tweet sent more than a month ago expressing her support for the LGBTQ community.In June, Ivanka Trump tweeted, "I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy."The tweet received some initial backlash when Twitter users called Ivanka Trump out for supporting "the most anti-LGBTQ+ presidential ticket in recent times," as one Twitter user put it, adding, "Your words mean nothing to us."After President Trump announced the transgender military ban Wednesday, his daughter's statement faced even more scrutiny for what some saw as hollow words.President Trump faced backlash of his own for the ban, which was announced on the same day as the anniversary of former president Harry Truman desegregating the armed services, and many active transgender service members expressed dismay over the decision. Follow Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller Read more: Continue Reading

Ivanka Trump: Harassment of women at work can’t be tolerated

TOKYO – Ivanka Trump said at a Tokyo conference on women’s advancement Friday that harassment of women in the workplace cannot be tolerated.The U.S. president’s daughter and adviser spoke at the World Assembly for Women amid growing attention to sexual harassment of women in Hollywood and other industries in the United States.“All too often, our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect,” she said. “This takes many forms including harassment which can never be tolerated.”She did not give examples. More: British politicians are accused of sexual harassment too More: Ivanka Trump’s China supply chains shrouded in secrecy More: Ivanka Trump explains why she doesn't publicly disagree with her father In her speech, she also said workplaces need to make further efforts to respect women’s values and accommodate the need for balance between work and family.Despite the increase in the percentage of women at workplaces, corporate expectations have remained “stagnant” and still operate on “a single-honor mindset” with expectations for mothers to stay home to provide fulltime care, she said.It “disproportionately” impacts women and most likely causes them to leave jobs or curtail ambitions due to lack of affordable care for children or relatives who can help, she said, calling for innovative ways to make it easier for women to enjoy motherhood without compromising their careers.“This isn’t a woman’s issue, it’s a family issue,” she said.Ivanka Trump came to Japan at the invitation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and is set to leave one day before her father arrives here Sunday. Ivanka Trump and Abe were to have dinner at a Japanese restaurant later Friday.The conference is part of Abe’s “womenomics” initiative aimed at encouraging women to join the workforce and promoting their advancement as Continue Reading

Eric Trump defends his dad on comments about Ivanka Trump

If Ivanka Trump was being sexually harassed at work, she should take it to human resources, her brother Eric Trump said Tuesday — adding that it likely wouldn’t get to that point because she’s “a strong powerful woman" who wouldn’t "allow herself to be subjected to that.”The vice president of the Trump Organization was speaking to CBS This Morning when he was asked about a comment his father had made to USA TODAY in a Monday column.In an interview with USA TODAY columnist Kirsten Powers, Donald Trump was defending former Fox chief Roger Ailes, who has stepped down in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. When Powers asked Trump what he would advise his daughter Ivanka to do if she were being harassed, Trump replied: “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.”“There is no question that that should obviously be addressed, and it should be addressed strongly ... that is an absolute no-go anywhere, and that’s very much the case,” Eric Trump said Tuesday. "I think what he’s saying is, Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be objected to it, and by the way, you should take it up with Human Resources.”"She definitely would (address it with HR) as a strong person. At the same time I don’t think she would be subjected to that,” he added. "I think that's the point he was making and I think he did so well."Former Fox News' anchor Gretchen Carlson, who sued Ailes over sexual harassment, tweeted about the comments Tuesday, saying: "Sad in 2016 we're still victim blaming women."The comment also drew reaction from Fox News' Megyn Kelly (who is one of the accusers of Ailes, according to New York Magazine, and has had a rocky relationship with Trump.)Later Tuesday, Eric Trump attempted to clear up the comments by pointing to the fact that he had called sexual Continue Reading

Will Ivanka Trump be the most influential first daughter in decades?

Americans have already noticed Ivanka Trump, but they ain't seen nothing yet: She could be America's first surrogate first lady in 150 years.With incoming first lady Melania Trump planning to stay in New York for at least six months, Donald Trump's elder daughter is likely to be tapped as a stand-in for any hostess duties at the White House.  Already, Ivanka is more in the spotlight than Melania, who's been seen in public only a handful of times since the election while Ivanka has been prominent on the Trump transition team and at her father's press conference last week."She earns being the favorite because she’s very, very present," says Carl Sferrazza Anthony, an historian of first ladies and first families at the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio.Americans can expect to see a lot more of Ivanka as she takes her place at her father's side as his most trusted family confidante and the most influential first daughter in decades."She's going to be standing in for her stepmother," predicts David Patrick Columbia, editor and co-founder of NewYorkSocialDiary.com, who says Melania is "lovely" but soft-spoken and not as confident in public as Ivanka.Ivanka's fans say Americans will like what they see: A young (35), charming and beautiful woman, well-educated (Choate, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business);  a mother of three; a smart and successful businesswoman; an author (her second, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, has been pushed back from March to May thanks to dad's win); a reality star (on her father's The Apprentice); and a deft user of social media to burnish her perfect-family image.Those who know her say Americans will appreciate Ivanka's serene and graceful presence in public, so different from her father's hurly-burly style — and so helpful in blunting his sharp edges."We're fascinated because she's beautiful, Continue Reading