Trump 'wanted to name Ivanka as his running mate in 2016,' Rick Gates book claims

DONALD Trump wanted to name his daughter Ivanka as his running mate in the 2016 election, adding “she’s bright, she’s smart, she’s beautiful, and the people would love her!”

According to a book by his former Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Gates, Trump flirted with the idea of nominating Ivanka as veep in June 2016 during a discussion with his top campaign aides.

Gates claims that Trump asked the assembled group, “I think it should be Ivanka. What about Ivanka as my VP?”

In the book, Wicked Game: An Insider’s Story on how Trump Won, Mueller Failed and America Lost, Gates writes: “All heads turned toward her, and she just looked surprised. We all knew Trump well enough to keep our mouths shut and not laugh.”

Ivanka, then-34-years-old, was a fashion and real estate executive who had never held an elected official position or had any political experience before.

According to Gates, it was an idea Trump brought up repeatedly, including during a conversation that included son-in-law Jared Kushner and the other adult Trump children.

Trump was convinced that his eldest-daughter wasn't the right choice, and wasn’t sold on the names being pitched to him as part of the Republican ticket, including his eventual selection Mike Pence – then-Indiana governor.

The candidate made clear to his team “just how serious he was about putting his politically inexperienced daughter just a heartbeat from the presidency,” Gates wrote.

The campaign went as far as testing her appeal by placing Ivanka’s name next to a dozen potential vice president candidates in internal polls.

“She didn’t poll tremendously high, but higher than we expected, and that only added to the seriousness of her consideration,” Gates noted.

It was Ivanka who finally ended the conversation, Gates wrote, going to her father to tell him it wasn’t a good idea.

Trump eventually came around and selected Pence, after the governor won him over by delivering a “vicious and extended monologue” about Bill and Hillary Clinton at a get-to-know-you breakfast later that summer, the book claims.

Gates noted how Trump values loyalty, family and ensuring those around him support his agenda and not their own, which is why Trump puts family members in key positions.

Ivanka and Kushner both have high-ranking position in the Trump White House. Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr run the Trump Organization, the family business.

The book hits the shelves on October 13.

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