According to a recent report from Vanity Fair, White House aides have a nickname for Ivanka Trump, and it's perhaps not as flattering as the first daughter would like. The report reveals that White House aides call Trump "Princess Royal" behind her back, a jab at her unprecedented power — and inexperience — in the administration.
The nickname was reportedly coined during the online backlash to a photo of the G-20 summit, which showed Trump briefly sitting in for her father. In the photo, the president's daughter was sitting at a table of world leaders, alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Critics took care to point out the overt political nepotism bestowed on the president's daughter, but many also questioned Trump's qualifications to step in for her father. In response to the photo, the former first daughter Chelsea Clinton tweeted about the questionable optics of her power.
Good morning Mr. President. It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me. Were you giving our country away? Hoping not.
The Vanity Fair report reveals that a former Trump adviser responded to the photo of the G-20 summit by stating, "Excuse me. This is not a royal family, and she's not the princess royal." It was reportedly after this backlash that White House aides started calling Ivanka "Princess Royal" behind her back.
Ivanka is far from alone in her ethically questionable role as an adviser in the White House. Her husband Jared Kushner also serves as an adviser to Trump and receives similar criticism both for being the president's son-in-law and being tasked with major issues like peace in the Middle East while tacitly politically inexperienced.
What is off-putting about them is they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special. ... Trump is emotionally dependent on his son-in-law and his daughter. But they can't do anything for him. All they can do is make him feel better about what his life has come to.
While both Jared and Ivanka are reaping the power and benefits of proximity to the president, the criticisms hurled at them have not completely fallen on deaf ears. As reported in the Vanity Fair piece, an old New York friend of the couple said that D.C. "punctures their self-esteem on a daily basis."