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Ivanka Trump suggests she may leave White House if father reelected

Ivanka Trump is seen next to US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on December 19, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka, has suggested that she could leave the White House if her father is elected for a second term in 2020.

Asked in an interview with CBS News on Sunday whether she planed to remain part of the US administration if her father won the election, Ivanka said it was her children and “their happiness” that mattered the most to her.

“I am driven first and foremost by my kids and their happiness, so that's always going to be my top priority. My decisions will always be flexible enough to ensure that their needs are being considered first and foremost, so they will really drive that answer for me,” she said.

"I think for me, I came down here — it's about the impact," Ivanka continued. "It's about being able to deliver for the forgotten men and women that I met over the course of two years as I campaigned around this country. And over the last two and a half years as I've traveled to almost every state in this nation. It's about providing pathways to opportunity."

Describing much of her work in the Trump administration as “unfinished,” the 38-year-old said, "We've done so much, but it's not enough yet.”

Asked by the network whether she would consider running for office, Ivanka replied, "For me ... the politics is truthfully less interesting."

Ivanka worked for her billionaire-father's company before Trump was elected president in 2016 and over the past three years has worked as an unpaid White House adviser. She has been accused in the US of benefiting from nepotism.

Trump himself came under a furious backlash from political opponents and ethics experts for placing his children in positions of power.

Ivanka's husband and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was also appointed as a senior White House adviser by the president.  

Less than a year before the end of his tenure, the US president is currently grappling with an impeachment inquiry after US House Democrats accused him of abusing power by withholding $391 million in US security aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure Kiev to conduct an investigation that would benefit him politically in 2020.

Trump has repeatedly denounced the impeachment inquiry against him as “a hoax”.

A two-thirds majority vote would be needed in the Senate to remove the president from office, which is highly unlikely as the upper chamber of Congress is dominated by Republicans.

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