Ivanka Trump will not be supported by top State Department staff on her trip to India for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit because of concerns a delegation would “bolster” her and the White House, according to a report.
“They [Tillerson and his staff] won’t send someone senior because they don’t want to bolster Ivanka. It’s now another rift between the White House and State at a time when Rex Tillerson doesn’t need any more problems with the president,” one high-level official told CNN.
Ivanka Trump was invited to the summit, which will focus this year on encouraging women entrepreneurs, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry, and even President Obama, have attended in the past.
But “no one higher than the deputy assistant secretary is allowed to participate” in 2017, the official continued.
“Rex doesn’t like the fact that he’s supposed to be our nation’s top diplomat, and Jared and now Ivanka have stepped all over Rex Tillerson for a long time,” another source, this time one close to the White House, added.
The summit, an Obama-era initiative established in 2010, coincides with efforts to slash State’s operating budget.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told CNN the agency was committed to nurturing women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Another spokesperson said U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, USAID Administrator Mark Green and Neomi Rao, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and Kenneth Juster, U.S. Ambassador to India, would be joining the delegation.
The summit is set to take place in Hyderabad, India from Nov. 28-30.
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