Ivanka Trump, Maggie Cordish: Key adviser to Ivanka leaves White House.
Ivanka Trump’s top adviser on paid family leave has reportedly left her position at the White House.
Politico reported on Thursday that Maggie Cordish, a close friend of the adviser to President Trump, left her role and that there are no plans to replace her.
A White House official confirmed the development to Politico, but pushed back against the idea that it means the White House’s efforts to pass a paid family leave bill are fading.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” the official said, adding that staffers from the Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Legislative Affairs will continue to report to Ivanka Trump on matters related to paid family leave.
“They’ve always been involved on this issue, and continue to assist in Ivanka [Trump]’s efforts on paid family leave.”
Politico notes that Cordish’s departure comes as the GOP struggles to gain any traction on paid leave legislation. Three Republican senators have reportedly worked on legislation that would give people the chance to use funds from Social Security for paid leave. But a bill has yet to be introduced.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, has made paid family leave a core focus in her role at the White House. In July 2017, she wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, stating that a national guaranteed paid-leave program is “an investment in America’s working families.”
At the time, she also pointed to her father’s 2018 budget proposal — one that included six weeks of paid leave for families after the birth or adoption of a child.
“The policy outlined in the administration’s recent budget proposal emphasizes the need for mothers and fathers to have access to paid leave to encourage both parents to share parenting responsibilities and to strive toward minimizing hiring biases,” she wrote.