Politics

Here's Why People Are Roasting Ivanka Trump Over Her World Refugee Day Tweet

June 20th 2017

By:
Danielle DeCourcey

First daughter Ivanka Trump marked "World Refugee Day" on Tuesday by calling on her Twitter followers to "remember the plight and courage of the 22 million+ refugees globally."

Her seemingly well-intentioned message was heavily criticized on Twitter given her father's harsh rhetoric and restrictive policies on refugees, particularly those from Muslim-majority countries.

Through an executive order signed in January, President Donald Trump attempted to ban the entry of all Syrian refugees and temporarily halt travel from seven majority Muslim countries. After that executive order was struck down by a federal court in Washington, his administration crafted a revised version that seeks to ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries. This latest version is still bogged down in the courts.

Trump's 2018 budget would cut 25 percent from the refugee resettlement program on U.S. soil. That budget would cut funds to international aid organizations that support refugees, according to The Boston Globe. The president also repeatedly called refugees dangerous while in office and on the 2016 campaign trail.

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In April, Ivanka Trump seemed to make comments that differed from her father's positions on refugees. In an interview with NBC News, she said that admitting Syrian refugees into the U.S. has to be a "part of the discussion" but she also stressed the need to address the problem on a global scale.

“I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening, and we have to come together and we have to solve it,” she reportedly said. However that stance has seemingly not translated into any substantial policy changes in the Trump administration's refugee policy. Since March 29, Ivanka Trump has held a formal role in her father's administration as assistant to the president.

This isn't the first time Ivanka Trump has been criticized for how her tweets clash with her father's actions. In April, the first daughter's tweets about supporting equal pay for women and libraries were mocked in light of her father's policies doing the exact opposite.

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