First Daughter Ivanka Trump stepped out of her Washington, D.C. home on Tuesday morning wearing an ethereal all-white outfit and a matching mask amid backlash over the launch of a White House campaign promoting vocational training.
Despite the rising summer heat, the 38-year-old donned a $745 balloon-sleeve blouse and a $1,320 white pleated midi skirt with a matching belt by New Zealand born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead.
Ivanka had on a white quilted face mask that matched her designer outfit and carried a $4,700 quilted white leather Chanel handbag when she walked out the front gate of her home a little after 9:30 a.m.
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On the go: First Daughter Ivanka Trump was seen leaving her Washington, D.C. home wearing an all-white ensemble a little after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning
Designer look: The 38-year-old donned a $745 balloon-sleeve blouse and a $1,320 white pleated midi skirt with a matching belt by designer Emilia Wickstead
This is not the first time that she has donned a coordinating mask-and-outfit look, having showcased her flair for accessorizing on multiple occasions by matching her protective face coverings to her designer ensembles.
She added some shine to the all-white look with a thick gold chain necklace and strappy gold sandals with a stiletto heel.
The White House senior adviser stuck with her go-to hairstyle and wore her blonde lob parted down the middle and poker-straight.
Ivanka’s husband, fellow White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, got an earlier start on Tuesday and was seen leaving their home around 7:20 a.m.
The 39-year-old donned a navy suit and red tie, and like his wife, he had on a matching face mask as he stepped out the door.
Safety first: Ivanka had on a white quilted face mask that matched her designer outfit
Accessories: She added some shine to the all-white look with a thick gold chain necklace and strappy gold sandals with a stiletto heel
One more thing: Ivanka carried a quilted white leather Chanel handbag as she headed out the door of her home
It was a big day for Ivanka, who was promoting the launch of the new White House-backed ‘Find Something New’ campaign, which encourages people who are unemployed or unhappy in their jobs or careers to go out and ‘find something new.’
The opening ad that was released on Tuesday features ordinary people sharing their stories about career challenges and transitions. A companion website provides links to training and other resources.
The initiative was swiftly criticized on social media, with some suggesting the effort is insensitive during a pandemic and the widespread unemployment it has caused. Others slammed Ivanka’s involvement in the campaign.
The Trump administration has long emphasized skills-based job and vocational training as an alternative to two- or four-year college degree programs, arguing that college isn’t for everyone and that many jobs don’t require a degree.
But the long-in-the-works effort has taken on a new sense of urgency after the coronavirus outbreak cost millions of people their jobs, many of which may be lost forever.
Early bird: Ivanka’s husband, fellow White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, got an earlier start on Tuesday and was seen leaving their home around 7:20 a.m.
Careful: The 39-year-old donned a navy suit and red tie, and like his wife, he had on a matching face mask as he stepped out the door
The campaign is a product of the White House’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which President Donald Trump created in 2018.
The board is co-chaired by Ivanka, Trump’s eldest daughter and White House adviser, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
‘There has never been a more critical time for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to be aware of the multiple pathways to career success and gain the vocational training and skills they need to fill jobs in a changing economy,’ said Ivanka, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School before working for the family firm.
After she tweeted about the campaign on Tuesday morning, she faced fierce backlash from critics.
‘Ivanka will have to #FindSomethingNew when her dad loses his re-election this November,’ writer Molly Jong-Fast tweeted.
Working: A few hours after Ivanka arrived at her West Wing office on Tuesday, she participated in a Zoom call discussing the White House’s ‘Find Something New’ campaign
Big names: She was joined by IBM Executive Chairman Ginni Rometty and Apple CEO Tim Cook
Guests: The call also featured a few people who shared their stories about undergoing vocational training after changing careers
‘Her vapid, arrogance displayed in every part of this tweet and “ad campaign” takes unmitigated gall to a new level,’ commented Shannon Freshour, a Democrat from Ohio who is running for Congress.
‘If you would only look (&daddy employed you your whole life) you too could #findsomething new like going from slave labor employing crook to WH staff crook.’
The nonprofit Ad Council created the ‘Find Something New’ campaign in collaboration with IBM, Apple, members of the Business Roundtable, the White House, and the workforce policy advisory board.
Additional ads are expected to be produced, and all will appear nationwide across TV, digital and print platforms in time and space donated by various media companies, the Ad Council said.
Funding was provided by more than 20 corporations and organizations, including Apple, IBM, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Ad Council declined to disclose the cost of the campaign, which will run at least through the end of the year.
Push for training: The ‘find something new’ campaign aims to make the unemployed or people unhappy in their jobs think about skills-based and vocational training
Backlash: Ivanka and the initiative were swiftly criticized, with some suggesting the effort is insensitive during a pandemic and the widespread unemployment it has caused
A few hours after Ivanka arrived at her West-Wing office on Tuesday, she participated in a Zoom call discussing the new campaign with IBM Executive Chairman Ginni Rometty and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The call also featured a few people who shared their stories about undergoing vocational training after changing careers.
‘For too long, this country has adopted a one-size-fits-all approach to preparing Americans for the future: go to college, get a degree, work for a single employer, and retire,’ Ivanka said. ‘There’s overwhelming evidence that really shows this is failing too many students.’
Ivanka was also seen leaving her home on Monday morning, her first public appearance since her July 4th getaway with her family.
To mark her return to work, she donned a $689 blue silk outfit from Equipment — a coordinating shirt and skirt that perfectly matched the blue of her disposable face mask.
She paired the look with cream pointed-toe slingback heels and pearl earrings that dangled beneath the straps of her surgical-style mask.
Taking precautions: Ivanka was pictured leaving her home on Monday morning wearing a disposable blue face mask that matched her $689 blue silk outfit from Equipment
Fashion star: Ivanka regularly matches her face mask to her outfit, having done so several times in the past. However, she usually opts for a reusable mask instead of a disposable one
Ivanka has actually come under serious criticism from her father’s most outspoken supporters because of her decision to not only wear face masks, but to encourage others to don the protective gear too.
On July 1, she posted a photo on Instagram showing herself wearing a light blue face mask as she posed outside with Republican Leader of the House Kevin McCarthy and Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman from Arkansas.
The photo showed Ivanka and the two representatives outside. Rep. Westerman wore a suit and surgical mask, Rep. McCarthy had a gray cloth mask, and Ivanka was modeling a pretty blue watercolor mask.
The caption — which Ivanka copied from Rep. McCarthy — read, ‘Wear a mask. Plant a tree,’ and included both a tree and a face mask emoji.
While her caption encouraged others to follow suit and wear their own masks in public, Trump supporters were not convinced and chastised her, telling her to remove the mask.
‘Please do not wear a mask that’s not what we were created to do,’ wrote one, while another told her to ‘take the mask off.’
‘I love POTUS but this mask bs needs to stop,’ said another, while others called her ‘silly’ and ‘stupid’ and posted sheep emojis.
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