Ivanka is currently a senior adviser to the President, along with her husband Jared Kushner. This is a position of unprecedented importance for a President’s family member, leading her to be dubbed the ‘First Daughter’, a title she reportedly likes. The appointment sparked accusations of nepotism.
However, the extraordinary moment that revealed Ivanka’s significant influence over her father was back in 2010 when she was working at the Trump Organisation.
Mr Trump’s associate Felix Sater, previously an on-the-job tutor for Ivanka, had been given an office two doors down from the future President.
According to the 2019 book ‘Kushner inc’, Ivanka asked her father to fire Mr Sater and he reluctantly obliged.
Author Vicky Ward wrote: “Trump reluctantly did what his daughter wanted and Sater left the company.
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“It was a seminal moment that demonstrated Ivaka had real influence over her father, the limit of which had not yet been found.”
According to Mr Sater, he had been valuable to Ivanka as a joint venture partner, but as a senior adviser she saw him as “a threat”.
A source told Ms Ward that Mr Trump’s initial reaction to Ivanka’s demand was incredulity.
He reportedly said: “Are you f***ing kidding me? Felix is a moneymaker.”
Ivanka and Donald Trump in 2010
Ivanka replied something along the lines of: “Perception is more important than reality.”
She did not like that Mr Sater appeared to be more senior in the company and have more access to Mr Trump than she did.
Ivanka’s request may have come as a shock to the Mr Trump, because his daughter had previously learned on the job from Mr Sater.
He had taken her on a scouting tour in Moscow in 2006 and even begged Vladimir Putin’s security detail to let her sit in the President’s chair in the Kremlin.
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When Mr Trump had asked Mr Sater which of his children he thought should take over the company, he used to say Ivanka was the best option.
He told Ms Ward: “I thought she was the one who can run it best.
“She’s got the biggest set of balls in the room.”
That said, it was not all praise from Ivanka’s mentor, as he added that she could be volatile if she did not get her own way.
He recalled: “There was a lot of yelling back and forth.
“She was a born promoter. Her appearance and her tenacity made Donald look at her and think ‘Wow, she knows how to get s*** for free and get her name on stuff’.”
Mr Sater is a Russian-born businessman, the son of a small-time gangster who got work on the trading floor at Bear Stearns aged 18.
However, his life was thrown upside when he got involved in a drunken brawl that landed him fifteen months in prison.
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Afterwards, he helped mastermind a $40million stock scam but, after pleading guilty, avoided prison by becoming an informant for the FBI.
Mr Sater met Mr Trump in 2000 when he was working for development firm Bayrock Group and his real estate mogul acquaintance wanted to “keep him close”.
However, in 2007 Mr Sater’s past was exposed in the New York Times and he retreated to London.
He returned to the US in 2010, when he was appointed senior adviser to Mr Trump – but it didn’t last long after Ivanka made her feelings clear.