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When Donald Trump was arguing with his top advisers about who should be his running mate in the 2016 presidential election, the Republican proposed his eldest daughter. “I think it should be Ivanka. What about Ivanka being my vice president? ”Asked the New Yorker, according to his former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates in his book Wicked Game: An Inside Story of How Trump Won, Mueller Failed, and America Lost. Bloomberg News published this Monday exclusively a preview of the volume that will go on sale on October 13.

“She is bright, intelligent, beautiful and people would love her!”, The New Yorker would have said about Ivanka Trump, who was then 34 years old and dedicated to her fashion brand and business in the real estate sector. The Republican’s team would have considered the option twice due to the insistence of the Republican, who debated the idea for weeks, based on the argument that the Republican bases would accept it. According to the book, it was Trump’s own daughter who managed to get her to abandon the proposal as a bad idea. The short list of options also included who ended up becoming Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence. The then-governor of Indiana convinced Trump after a “lengthy and cruel monologue” about Democrats Bill and Hillary Clinton, Gates writes.

“This [la sugerencia de nombrar a Ivanka] It is not true and there was never a poll of this type, “Tim Murtaugh, director of communication for Trump’s 2020 campaign, told local media on Monday. Gates responded quickly through a statement clarifying that only a small group of advisers were aware of potential vice presidential candidates and the steps that were taken to screen them. In an interview quoted by The Washington Post, Gates clarified that he was not sure if Trump had actually managed to put his daughter in the ticketBut that he had included the anecdote as a good example of the kind of unconventional thinking that the Republican possesses and that, for Gates, is what made him an attractive candidate.

Anyway, Ivanka Trump made it to the White House. Since the beginning of her father’s mandate, she has served as his advisor and her husband, Jared Kushner, also works for the US president, especially as presidential adviser for the Middle East.

Gates was one of the defendants in the investigation of the Russian plot led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Trump’s former collaborator pleaded guilty in February 2018 to conspiracy against the United States and to lying to investigators about his lobbying work in the network of interests of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (2010-2014), an ally of the Russian leader. Vladimir Putin. Trump’s former collaborator was a linchpin in the Mueller investigation. He testified against his former boss, Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign manager in 2016. Gates was sentenced to 45 days in prison and three years of probation and Manafort to three and a half years for two conspiracy counts related to his job duties. lobbyist in Ukraine.

Gates’ book is not part of the books against the president that have been published by various former members of the Administration. The lobbyist is a Trump advocate. In the letter, he highlights the New Yorker’s skill during the 2016 campaign and throws the darts that the investigation of the Russian plot – which found no evidence of a conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin – consumed a large part of his presidency. Now, Gates, supports his re-election.

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