Some have suggested that President Trump has elevated his daughter Ivanka Trump to a position of power inside the White House because of her “loyalty” to him, but based on the people she chose to surround herself with just prior to Trump taking office, her loyalty to her father seems suspect.

Multiple news sources reported that in January, shortly before Donald Trump was inaugurated as President, Ivanka Trump had a “secret dinner party” that was organized by her advisor Dina Powell. The guest list seems to not include a single person who supported her father during the election. Instead the list included people who didn’t merely support her father’s opponent Hillary Clinton during the election, but who actively and publicly insulted, demeaned, criticized and attacked her father both before and after his election.

Given Ivanka’s role in what The Populist has referred to as The Coup against the ideas that Donald Trump promised his supporters he believed and Ivanka’s role setting policy in the administration, it’s disturbing. Ivanka used the occasion not merely to have dinner with but to seek advice from the Trump haters. It also helps explain headlines like “Ivanka Trump influenced my father to launch Syria strikes, reveals brother Eric.”

Why would Ivanka Trump surround herself with a group of people who clearly loathe her father, the ideas he ran on and his supporters? Why seek counsel from those who worked to defeat and humiliate Donald Trump? As the Los Angeles Time reported:

It looks like Ivanka is trying to regain the respect of the Democrats and independents with whom she socialized for much of her adult life. People working with her and her husband have leaked reports about how they are persuading the president not to revoke protection for the LGBT community or to completely defund Planned Parenthood.

During the transition, she helped bring former vice president and environmental activist Al Gore to Trump Tower to brief her father, a skeptic about climate change, and floated the idea of becoming a climate czar within the administration. She is now focused on child care and maternity leave, an issue historically championed by Democrats.

“She is very well-versed in the issues, thoughtful and sincere,” said Sheila Marcelo, the chief executive of, who attended a dinner party in January at the home of Wendi Deng at which Ivanka Trump solicited ideas from business executives, many of whom had been fundraising for Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

First, we’ll look at the stories about party and then go through the attendees and what they’ve said about Donald Trump and the ideas he espoused during the election.

Donald Trump is known to prize loyalty, but this trait does not seem to have been passed on to either his daughter nor her close advisor Dina Powell, who has risen quickly in the administration and put together the event. Powell was made deputy defense advisor shortly before Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on Syria.

It’s hard to grasp why she or Ivanka surround Ivanka with people so hostile to the agenda that got her father elected…until you look at the details about Dina Powell, her Goldman Sachs colleague Gary Cohn or The Coup they’ve undertaken.

The Stories

Ivanka Trump dines with female media personalities and executives ahead of move to Washington

The private gathering was organized by Dina Powell, a longtime Goldman Sachs executive who has been advising Ivanka Trump and this week announced she would be leaving the financial firm to take a job in the White House as an assistant to the president and senior counselor for economic initiatives. Ivanka Trump was instrumental in recruiting her to the new administration, an aide said.

The group, according to one attendee, included Tina Brown, the longtime journalist and magazine editor; Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”; Tory Burch, the fashion designer behind the eponymous brand; model Christy Turlington Burns; Ursula Burns, chair of Xerox; Cathy Engelbert, chief executive of Deloitte; Nancy Gibbs, managing editor of Time magazine; Cindi Leive, editor of Glamour; Dana Perino, former White House press secretary; Ginni Rometty, head of IBM; and Pattie Sellers, executive director of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summits.

Two men — Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation — also attended. Morial and Rometty seemed to have the seats of honor, on either side of Ivanka Trump.

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the guest list was comprised of “IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, Xerox chairman Ursula Burns, Tory Burch, Mika Brzezinski, Tina Brown, Christy Turlington Burns, Time editor Nancy Gibbs, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, National Urban League CEO Marc Morial, and Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell.” Powell has been lured away from her gig at Goldman Sachs to work as an assistant to Donald Trump, as well as a “senior counselor for economic initiatives.”

Sellers added, “Trump explained that she wanted to learn from the efforts of leaders in their fields. We talked about entrepreneurship, equal pay, paid leave, and a lot about where the Donald Trump Administration may have the most opportunity: education.”

Ivanka Trump lays groundwork for policy role in Washington

On Thursday, she attended a dinner with female executives at the home of her friend Wendi Deng, ex-wife of media executive Rubert Murdoch. The dinner was put together by Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs partner who is joining the Trump administration as an assistant to the president and senior counselor for economic initiatives. Powell has been advising Ivanka Trump and is expected to continue working closely with her.

Other guests included MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, model Christy Turlington Burns, former White House press secretary Dana Perino, Xerox Chairperson Ursula Burns, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Leive and Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs. Another attendee, Pattie Sellers, executive director of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summits, wrote on that Ivanka Trump “explained that she wanted to learn from the efforts of leaders in their fields.”

Also there was Sheila Marcelo, founder of, a website that connects families with caregivers, said an attendee who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a private dinner. Marcelo spoke about the high cost of caregiving, both for children and adult family members.

The Disloyalty File: Who Was There

And what they’ve said about Donald Trump

Nancy Gibbs, Editor of Time

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For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.

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Dana Perino – Fox News host

Just the month before the election…

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Cynthia Leive – Glamour Editor-in-Chief

In This Election, I’m With Her

As the editor of a brand that values all political perspectives, I’ve never wanted to discuss my choice before. This year is different.


And through his actions and words, Donald Trump has told us that he condones white supremacy. That if a woman is being harassed at work, she should find a new job. That rape in the military is the inevitable result of having women serve. He has told us—before he got clobbered for it—that he would support “some form of punishment” for the roughly one in four of you reading this story who have had an abortion. That he’s willing to dismiss professional women he doesn’t care for as having “the face of a dog” or “a fat ass,” and that he’ll get up at 5 AM in the middle of a presidential election to do it. That he is up for mocking the grief of a ­Muslim American Gold Star mom. He has told us, essentially, that he is a bumbling old-school chauvinist at best, a misogynist at worst, and a man who believes that simply declaring “I love women”—a statement so banal any human could make it—somehow tempers decades of disdain and an almost-total absence of helpful policy on the issues women care about. He has told us who he is.

Mika Brzezinski — co-host on the MSNBC show Morning Joe/h3>

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“‘Morning Joe’ host Mika Brzezinski unbelievably went into full meltdown mode and admitted she can’t fairly cover the election unbiasedly, before turning on Pastor Mark Burns.”

Brzezinski said: “And I can’t pretend and, sort of, try to cover this fairly and put into the veil of objectivity.”

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Marc Morial – president of the National Urban League

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The groups also refused to say whether they would seek a meeting with Trump before or after his inauguration. “Today is not a day to discuss meetings. Today is a day to say as loudly as possibly where we stand,” said Marc Morial, head of the National Urban League.

Christie Turlington

Tory Burch – Fashion designer

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Back in February, a photo of Kendall Jenner in a Hillary Clinton tee made rounds on the Internet after she posted the selfie on Instagram. And, we saw Anna Wintour rocking one too, and we learned that Public School, Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch had all made tees in support of Clinton. Public School’s was minimalist and cool, the Marc Jacobs classic, and the Tory Burch quite colorful.

Tory Busch’s campaign donations — Hillary and Democrats.

Ursula Burns – Xerox CEO

Xerox CEO Ursula Burns on Clinton’s VP shortlist, email shows

A stolen email released by WikiLeaks shows that Xerox Corp. CEO Ursula Burns was on Hillary Clinton’s shortlist for vice president.

The list, compiled by campaign manager John Podesta in March 2016, included 26 names on what was described as “a first cut of people worth considering.”

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Ursula Burns made headlines in 2009 when she became the first African-American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Burns has been exceptionally visible during her tenure, making frequent public appearances even as the company’s prospects have faltered. Burns pushed for the $6.4 billion acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services that closed in 2010, claiming it would help the business. Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX), though, has yet to see any substantial benefit from the deal. Late last year, the company called the police prior to announcing 168 layoffs at its Cary, N.C., facility, noting they “were expecting trouble.” It was the second round of a total of roughly 500 layoffs. This treatment of employees stands in contrast to how the board treats Burns, awarding her an average of $13 million a year between 2010 and 2012. One former employee, commenting on Glassdoor, said, “Most upper management have received salary increase over the last 6 years, but staff has not.”

In 2011, Obama convened a jobs council that was led by GE CEO Jeff Immelt and an export council headed by Xerox Corp. CEO Ursula Burns.

Ursula Burns’ political donations included thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

Darren Walker – President of Institutional Left Funder Ford Foundation

Darren Walker’s campaign donations are to Democrats and Democrat organizations.

Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second largest philanthropy, and for two decades has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and chairs the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance.

Prior to joining Ford, he was Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation where he managed the rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina.  In the 1990s, as COO of Harlem’s largest community development organization, the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Darren oversaw a comprehensive revitalization program of central Harlem, including over 1,000 new units of housing. He had a decade long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS.  He is a member of the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island and serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, the High Line, the Arcus Foundation and PepsiCo.

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The concept of “open borders” has long been an leading agenda item for the political and ideological Left. Since the 1960s, a vast network — including hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of grassroots activists, backed by hundreds of millions of dollars from leftwing foundations — has waged a sustained campaign to open America’s borders to a mass migration from the Third World. Though these groups talk in terms of “human rights,” the rights they demand are not the restrictions on government enshrined in the American Bill of Rights, but the claims on society for “equity” and “welfare” and special treatment for designated groups that are the familiar menu of the Left and would, if enacted, amount to a revolution in America’s existing social order. Which is precisely their intent.

The “open borders” movement emerged from the radicalism of the 1960s and matured in the fight over amnesty for illegal aliens in the 1980s. It gained a certain mainstream status in the 1990s as the “globalization” and “multilateralism” fads of the decade encouraged talk of a “world without borders” and the decline (even the demise) of the nation-state. At the center of the movement was the Ford Foundation – the largest tax-exempt foundation in the world, and one increasingly guided by the political Left.

Many connections to Soros, such as:

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