Ivanka Belongs In The Pantheon Of Great Humanitarians

Our nation’s first daughter’s latest cause, providing food to needy families, has resulted in one billion meals to America’s poor.

The president could see that his resilient economy was indeed roaring back from the coronavirus shutdowns. However, some were not able to get work and income quickly enough. When Trump announced a bridge program “farmers to families” he asked Ivanka to take the lead. In a curious way, this program cements Ivanka Trump’s own role as a figure in history.

She is not just one of the most extraordinary presidential daughters to have worked in the White House, she has entered a rare pantheon of women humanitarians.

Audrey Hepburn, used her beauty to raise money for UNICEF to feed the hungry. Lady Di used her fame to show us how to embrace the victims of AIDS. Melinda Gates uses her wealth to promote women in the workforce, including technology. Ivanka Trump adds the power of her White House office to promote a long list of issues that would have been neglected without her.

I first met Ivanka Trump through her work combating human trafficking. At the request of the FBI, my wife and I were hosting Nigerian students in the United States who had been victims. Ivanka wanted to meet them and hear their stories. 

She met us in her office and soon afterwards took us down to meet the president.

It was an eye opening experience and gave me a chance to see the massive work that flowed through Ivanka Trump’s office. She was leading the global effort for Women economic empowerment. This took her too many conferences across the globe. She was heavily involved in workforce development, STEM education, helping workers retrain for jobs that are needed by the new economy.

The national media has been stubborn about awarding any recognition to Ivanka. In the process of its condescending coverage has often ended up with egg on their faces. Such as their rush to judgment about total jobs created by Ivanka, versus net jobs created during the same time period. By any measurement, Ivanka Trump’s work has resulted in many hundreds of thousands of jobs for Americans.

In Pittsburgh last week, Ivanka helped with the food distribution. She was joined by Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, the President’s religious liaison, Paula White, City Serve founder, Dave Donaldson, Mega Church pastor Wendell Vinson and many others.

My own son, Scott Wead, works with CityServe to get food and resources to the neediest of neighborhoods. It’s a massive operation which brings smiles of relief to the poorest of Americans.

The farmers were producing food that couldn’t get into the supply chain or in some cases couldn’t be purchased. The poor were living paycheck to paycheck, needing temporary help to feed their families. This project is yet another successful effort promoted out of Ivanka Trump’s White House office.
Ivanka Trump continues to work, graciously, kindly, making a difference while the winds of political resentment and personal jealousy buffet her family.

I was able to interview Ivanka for my book Inside Trump’s White House,” and this was her response to the question about critics. “My life is too important for me to waste in rivalries and in personal vendettas,” she said. “I choose not to do that. I choose to think the best of people. Most of all, I choose to be happy and aim for impact. This is really important to me. I have no time for bitterness.” Ivanka had once told a journalist, “You can’t be a confident, secure person if you are not happy.”

In her own book, “The Trump Card,” Ivanka took Rudyard Kipling’s view of criticism. “I get it from both sides, the good and the bad. And I’ve learned to ignore it. To rise above it. I refuse to let the opinions of others define how I see myself.”

“I value the opinions of those I love,” Ivanka once told me. “And those I work with. Anyone else? It’s all noise.”

In a subsequent interview, as journalists and writers like to do, I repeated some of the same questions, just in case I might get a nuanced, more revealing answer. Once more I asked her, “How do you handle the criticism?” I was glad that I did. “On a human level,” she said. “On a very personal level, it can be very difficult, very challenging. Especially when it is wrong. Although, I’m pretty thick skinned.”

“Then she added this line: “For me, the most important thing is the truth that I know.”

(Quotes taken from “Inside Trump’s White House.”)


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Why Jared Kushner Is the Man to Help Win the Coronavirus War

When President Donald Trump announced that his son in law, Jared Kushner, would help lead the effort to save us from the coronavirus the Democratic Party and its obedient corporate media lackeys had a fit.
How was Kushner qualified? Was he a doctor? A scientist?

In fact, Kushner was even better. He was someone who had proven to the president that he could get things done. He knew how to bore into the essentials of an issue. He knew how to think strategically. He knew how to spot talent and he knew how to get people to work together.

When Donald Trump wanted to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, something that six American presidents had promised and never delivered, he asked Kushner to find out why and get it solved. George W. Bush had even mocked his predecessor, Bill Clinton, for failing to keep his promise, declaring that he would make the move on day one. But in eight years of George W. Bush it never happened.

Within weeks of winning the White House, Kushner’s team bore into the heart of the problem and came back with some surprising options. Some of this story is reported in “Inside Trump’s White House.
Some of the story is still classified.


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When Donald Trump declared the 17,000 page North American Free Trade Agreement a fraud, he assigned Kushner the job of forging an agreement that Mexico, Canada and the United States would like better. Kushner did so within months.

The foreign minister of Mexico raved about Kushner, telling me that he had never met someone with such mental clarity. All three countries liked the new agreement better. Kushner gave all the credit to the President and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Conservatives and liberals both misunderstand Jared Kushner.

Liberals have decided that he is a poor advocate for their cause and conservatives imagine he is the fountain of anything liberal that the Trump administration even considers. In fact, I found Kushner to be no ideologue at all. He is focused on preparing options for his boss, quickly, discretely and dispassionately.

Liberals should be happy that because of Kushner President Trump is given every argument for every competing policy.

Conservatives should know that once the president makes a decision, Kushner will defend him to the death.

When Donald Trump brought his daughter, Ivanka, onto the White House staff, she became the 18th son or daughter to serve with her presidential father. Presidential children and in-laws abound in various capacities throughout history. “Jacky” Custis, stepson to George Washington, served on the general’s senior staff in the battle of Yorktown.

In modern times, Anna Roosevelt ran the White House for FDR during his last year in office. She organized the White House role in the Yalta Conference. Susan Ford served in the photography shop. Chip Carter had his own office and was paid by the Democratic National Committee. John Eisenhower lived with his presidential father in the private quarters of the White House. His wife, Barbara, daughter-in-law to the president, was the official hostess on the road since first lady, Mamie Eisenhower, had a fear of flying.

Why do presidents call on help from their own families? Because loyalty is paramount. A president must be able to trust what he is hearing and reading. He must be able to trust the staff who brings it to him.
It’s not good enough to sit in the Roosevelt Room and hear from 20 experts. He needs to know that the experts were vetted and their opinions balanced by someone whose only agenda is his success.

Jared and Ivanka Kushner do not need their White House jobs. They are paid nothing and have given up millions of dollars to serve their country. They will do just fine after leaving the White House in both the private and public sectors.

In time, I suspect, they may serve as ambassadors or cabinet officers, in future administrations. But if they can help the President win the war against the Coronavirus, if they can help save lives, it will be worth the hatred spewing forth from corporate media personalities who have never even met them.

“I have no time for bitterness,” Ivanka once told me. “My life is too important for me to waste in rivalries and in personal vendettas. I chose not to do that. I chose to think the best of people. I value the opinion of those I love and those I work with. Anyone else? It’s all noise.”

Which Recent President Would Handle The Coronavirus Crisis Best?

The current fight against COVID-19 favors a president who is quick to decide, willing to let businesses help out, friendly with the media, and motivated by a deep desire to handle the crisis right.

Of the seven most recent presidents, none had everything going for them, but two had three of the four needed traits: Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.


Gerald R. Ford

Gerald Ford was a policy wonk. Having lived his life in Congress, he knew all the moving pieces of what had to be done and why and what was possible. Remember, Bismarck said that politics is the art of the possible. Ford personified that. He was into the weeds on all of the issues. He could lose you in the details. Ford had many presidential qualities that Trump doesn’t have. His humility, for example. “I’m a Ford, not a Lincoln.” But Ford was not nearly as strategic as Trump.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter was brilliant, patient. It was how he found solutions between Israel and Egypt. But he was slow to act. He does not have Trump’s breathless, dazzling speed. Nor his guts.

Historian, Doug Wead, shakes hands with, President Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan

Historian, New York Times Best Selling Author, Doug Wead, shakes hands, with President Reagan

Perfect for the Cold War. Relentless. Even-headed. Like Trump, Ronald Reagan was not swayed by the majority but saw things realistically. He had an iron will to stand up against evil and a soft heart for the weak. And the media could not sway him from either course. Like Trump, the media hated him. But he would not be on top of this crisis. It demands too much decisive action that he just would not take.

George H.W. Bush

Special Advisor, Doug Wead sits facing President George H.W. Bush in the White House

Smart. Very political. Kind. But George H.W. Bush deliberated endlessly and couldn’t make decisions. He liked lots of options. Trump does, too, but he finally makes up his mind.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton seems to have some of the emotional qualities needed to deal with this current crisis. Of course, if it had happened on his own watch, with all that was going on in his personal life, it could have been disastrous.

But if he were the president today, like Trump, he would have a deep desire to do it right, and, like Trump, he would know how to merge some of the best of the private and public sectors. He also would have media allies.

George W. Bush

George W. Bush was the anti-father son. He was very decisive, although many of his decisions were bad, and he never looked back. I see GWB stumbling into this current crisis the way he did the economic crisis of his time.

Barak Obama

Barak Obama‘s presidency was over as soon as he was elected. He was given the Nobel Peace Prize. As the first African American president, he is assured a huge place in history. He had no drive to do anything. Obama saw everything as the responsibility of others. He blamed everything bad that happened in his administration on his predecessor and then tried to take credit for all the good that happened under Trump.

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump standing wtih Historian Doug Wead

Donald Trump was born for this moment. He has a strong desire to handle it well. He knows how to bring back the economy in a way that Obama couldn’t. He has the confidence and optimism of Reagan and no help from the media. A more establishment Republican would hesitate before committing to a large government program. Trump has no qualms about it. As a former businessman, Trump also set corporations free to help.

There is one other element to understanding Trump. He was on the motivational circuit. I was too. We all expect our leaders to be winners. We want our surgeon, our airline pilot, our accountant, our attorney to all be winners. He wants to be a winner as a president. He wants to live up to the speeches he gave onstage as a motivational speaker.


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Myriam Wead: The Lady Behind the Presidential Books

Myriam Wead, Oval Office, White House, President Donald Trump
Myriam Wead with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, 2017.

This Spring, Myriam and I will celebrate 32 years of marriage. What a ride. Many of you have read my books and never known her work behind the scenes. 

Born and raised in a village outside of Angers, France, she worked for a year in Toronto before beginning her work of transcribing hours of interviews with George H.W. Bush. Eventually, she transcribed interviews and recollections from five presidents. Ford, Reagan, Bush, (both father and son) and finally Donald Trump.  None of the books would have been written without her help.

These pictures offer a record of her multiple meetings with presidents over the years.

Myriam Wead, Historian, Doug Wead's wife, behind President Ronald Reagan, at the Charity Awards Dinner
Myriam Wead and President Ronald Reagan at the National Charity Awards Dinner, 1990.
Myriam Wead, wife of Doug Wead, historian, with President H.W. Bush
Myriam Wead and Vice President George H.W. Bush. She transcribed the book I co-authored with him.

How The Democrats Took Out Bernie Sanders

Super Tuesday was conceived by Southern Democrats after their devastating loss to Ronald Reagan in 1984. They never again wanted to see an ultra-liberal nominee take the party down to defeat. They had nominated the liberal vice president, Walter Mondale. Reagan carried every state in the union except Mondale’s home state of Minnesota.

The effort to remake the Democrats nominating process was led by a charismatic southern governor named Chuck Robb. He had other allies, including Arkansas governor, Bill Clinton. Their idea was to get southern states moved up earlier in the nominating process. This, they thought, would empower Democratic black voters and more moderate Southern whites. Of course, the southern governors knew that it would empower them as well. Perhaps they would have their own aspirations.

Super Tuesday was born.

At first it didn’t work. In 1988, liberal governor, Michael Dukakis, was the Democratic nominee. But since then it has hummed along with perfection.

Historian Doug Wead, talks with, Virginia Governor, Chuck Robb
Doug Wead with Governor Chuck Robb

If Chuck Robb failed to win the Democratic nomination for himself, his buddy, Bill Clinton did and the first African American president, Barack Obama, won two terms.

In this 2020 cycle, the Democratic establishment used the event to take out ultra liberal, self-declared socialist, Bernie Sanders. Moderate progressive, presidential nominees, Pete Butigieg and Amy Klobachar dropped out of the race just before Super Tuesday and fellow socialist, Elizabeth Warren, stayed in to split that vote and help the Democratic establishment take down Bernie Sanders in Massachusetts, Texas and other states he would have won.



Lots of experts are saying that in 2020 the Democrats are headed toward a brokered convention. A brokered convention is when no one, single candidate arrives at the national convention with enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot. Each candidate will be forced to “broker” their delegates on each successive ballot until one gets a majority.

But don’t count on a brokered convention. It makes for colorful commentary but it shows an ignorance of history. In recent years the front-runner almost always wins. In fact, the front-runner going into a convention hasn’t been stopped since 1952 for Republicans and 1924 for Democrats. That latter convention was when William McAdoo, a member of the Klu Klux Klan and the son in law of President Woodrow Wilson, led on the first ballot for the Dems but didn’t ultimately get the nomination.

The only way there might have been a brokered convention in 2020 was if three candidates, in this case, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg, had each arrived at the convention with enough delegates to be viable. Super Tuesday eliminated Bloomberg and made It a two-man race.

There are no brokered conventions because there are instead, nowadays, brokered campaigns. Like the stock market, every possible scenario gets baked in before the final investment. Long before they arrive at the convention the delegates will have been traded or bought and there will be a winner.

So how did the establishment Dems steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders?

Very simple. They cut a deal with Elizabeth Warren. First she took out Bernie in the debate. He told her a woman couldn’t be elected, she claimed. He denied ever saying it. At the next debate she took out Michael Bloomberg.

She stayed in for Super Tuesday, guaranteeing that the socialist vote would be split and Biden would take Massachusetts and Texas and other states that Sanders would have won.
Her reward? Biden will pick her as his running mate. He will say that he is uniting the party but he will actually be rewarding the political assassination of Bernie Sanders.


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Memories From the Iowa Caucuses

Former President Jimmy Carter made it famous. I had the privilege of interviewing him about his experience. He went into Iowa with a 2% name recognition.

He won the Jefferson-Jackson Day straw poll in 1975, which earned him the cover of Time and Newsweek magazines. Then Carter won the Iowa caucus in 1976, launching him to the White House.

From then on it became the favored path to the presidency. If you ignored it, like Rudolph Giuliani did and like Mike Bloomberg is doing now, you couldn’t win the nomination.

On the other hand, if you won it, there was no guarantee that it would work for you like it did for Jimmy Carter. Other successful politicians stumbled in Iowa, but that proved to not be fatal.

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In 1979, I was invited out to Pacific Palisades to have dinner with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It was the week he announced for the presidency. At the time, I was being asked to author his campaign biography.

“Well,” I said when called my agent, Jed Mattes, that I had “permission to write the Reagan book.”

Jed called me back, he concluded that no one in New York thought he was going to make it through the Iowa Caucus. I countered, “Well I think he is beating Ambassador Bush.”

“No, no, no,” Mattes argued, “You don’t understand me. No one in New York thinks he is going to live through the Iowa Caucus. He is too old to be president.”

So I wrote the only available biography of Ronald Reagan in 1980. It sold 400,000 books.

As it turned out, Reagan lost the Iowa Caucus in 1980 but went on to win the White House anyway.

On Feb. 8, 1988, Bob Dole won the Iowa Caucus. Pat Robertson, a televangelist came in second. George H.W. Bush, the sitting vice president came in third. Most observers thought Bush’s career was finished.

Special Advisor Doug Wead standing in the White House with President George H.W. Bush standing behind a desk
Doug Wead with President George H.W. Bush

I went to Iowa with his son, George W. Bush. The whole Bush dynasty was almost stillborn that night. Later that evening, I walked with George W. to his room, read out-loud a little bit from the Bible for him, then he rolled over in his bed and fell asleep.

Then I went to the bar and found Dorothy Bush, the vice president’s daughter. She was stunned. She asked, “Is there any hope?” The story was that her dad, the vice president, was going to retire from politics and run the Purolator Company. I said, “There’s still a chance in New Hampshire next week.”

And so, George H.W. Bush won Iowa in 1980 but lost to Reagan for the nomination and lost Iowa in 1988 but won the presidency.

Iowa can mess with your mind.

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Doug Wead with President Donald Trump

For one final story. When I interviewed Eric Trump for my book “Inside Trump’s White House” he told me a great story about the Iowa caucuses in 2016. The Trumps were new to politics. They knew the business world but the presidential game was at times baffling to them.

Eric was tapped as a surrogate speaker the night of the Caucus and was driven by staffers to a big gymnasium where he would have to talk about his father. On the way Eric blurted out, “Hey guys, what is a ‘caucus’?”

I thought that was great. The Trump’s loved their country and wanted to make a difference but they were certainly not lifelong politicians trying to get power.

It was all new. Eric’s question is a good one. What is a “caucus”?


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Donald Trump’s Winning Foreign Policy

       When Trump demanded that NATO nations pay their delinquent dues, token amounts of money that they had agreed to pay to provide for their own defense, the American national media erupted. He was trying to weaken NATO, they claimed. He was a Russian spy. The media insisted this with a straight face.
       Trump did not back down. “This has been going on for decades, by the way. Under many presidents,” he said. “But no other president has brought it up like I have.”
       He was right.
       In fact, within two years, the NATO secretary general insisted that Trump’s confrontational approach to member nations had made the organization stronger than it had ever been. The call for increased participation from allied nations was “having a real impact.” It was long overdue.
       “Here is the ultimate example of American stupidity,” Trump told me. “We buy billions and billions of dollars’ worth of missiles. Then we give them away to our allies, our rich allies.
       “So I challenge that. I say to the general, ‘Why are we doing that?’”
     At this point in the conversation, Trump once again adopted the persona of a character in his story. He straightened up like a soldier and declared solemnly, speaking in the monotone, emotionless, staccato voice of his general, “Sir! They are our ally. They are our friends. Sir!”
      Then Trump’s demeanor relaxed. “I say, ‘They are not our friends. They are ripping us off.’”
      The president straightened up again, becoming the general. “‘Sir, they are our ally. Sir!’
      “The worst part of this is the realization that the people who treat us worst are our allies.

      With Trump as president, NATO nations that were the most flagrant abusers of their own agreement started coming into line. Trump’s action raised more than $40 billion for the United States—money that would have never come in without him. NATO nations added $100 billion toward their own defense. According to NATO’s secretary general, Jena Stoltenberg, the alliance was now stronger than ever.

*From the pages of Inside Trump’s White House



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I Read The Private Correspondence Between President Trump And Kim Jong-Un

       The president waved a small handful of papers above his head, as if he were teasing a child with candy. “So, we’ve agreed to show you everything.”
       He waved the papers. “Nobody’s seen this. My people don’t want me to give these to you. But I want you to read them. If you are going to do this book, you need to read this.
       “These are private. These are the personal letters exchanged between me and Kim Jong-un. You can’t keep them, but I’m going to let you read them. These are amazing. This is history. I want to know what you think
Donald Trump had obviously signed on to the idea of this book, because without any prompting from me, or without a single question, he was now waving these letters—the crown jewels—before me.

       “So, they don’t want me to let you see these letters, but I think you should,” he said. “I think you should. This is my personal correspondence with Kim Jong-un. I want you to read it.”
       I didn’t know who he meant by “they,” the people who had told him not to show me the documents, but I assumed it wasn’t Bill or Sarah, the only others in the room. It was more likely NSA advisers, or State Department folks or intelligence experts. And they would all have good reasons to tell him not to let a writer see them. But that, of course, meant that my project was known to them, as well, and that it had been discussed.
       “You can’t photograph these or copy them in anyway,” the president said. I imagined he was passing on protocols to which he had agreed.
​       And then he added, “Nobody will ever know how close we came to war.”

*From the pages of Inside Trump’s White House


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In The White House With Barron & The Trump Grandchildren

“That last night of the inauguration celebration we were all together,” Don Jr. remembers. “The White House staff created a table full of kids’ food in the State Dining Room, and, as you know, the kids always get the good stuff. Everybody likes kids’ food. Soon the adults were in there chowing down on hamburgers and chicken fingers.”
       The children didn’t stay in the dining room long. They were soon scattered throughout the State Floor in a rousing game of White House hide-and-go-seek with Uncle Barron as the supervisor.
​       “The kids all love Barron,” Don Jr. explains. “He rules the grandkids.”
       Within minutes there were shrieks of laughter and screams of delight as Trump children were rousted out from behind drapes in the Blue Room and from underneath chairs in the Red Room.​
       With the sounds of giggling grandchildren echoing in the halls of the White House, the adult members of the Trump family sat down together around the table in the State Dining Room. Carved into the stone fireplace were the famous words of John Adams, the first president to live there: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this House and on all who shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.”

Eric and Lara Trump had an announcement. “That night, Eric and I told the whole family I was pregnant with Luke, with our son,” Lara said. “It was just a very special memory that we will always have.”
       Hearing the loud exclamations, Barron came rushing back into the dining room. He was sweating and huffing and puffing. Out of breath. “What happened? What happened?” He was juggling both worlds: the grandkids, where he reigned supreme as the favorite uncle, and the adults, who were busy changing the world from the White House State Dining Room.
       “Okay?” Barron asked, waiting for an answer. Was that it? Was there more? Were the announcements over? “Okay?”
       The kids were calling from the East Room of the White House, where they had found new, foolproof places to hide. Uncle Barron was needed elsewhere.

*From the pages of Inside Trump’s White House


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A Playful Love In The White House

       Journalists often try to look for a wedge between the first couple. The president was known for calling out, “Where’s my supermodel?” Was this demeaning? Melania was once asked.
       She only smiled. “It’s his sense of humor.”

       Other members of the Trump family insisted that the two, the president and the first lady, were often playful in their repartee. For example, while outwardly, officially, the various Trump family members would talk about what a privilege it was to serve their country, and you could ask them how they were holding up to the scurrilous public attacks and they would all answer back graciously, the fact was that privately, it was a nightmare, and they all knew it. No first family in recent memory had gone through what they were going through. It was much worse than Donald Trump’s original warnings back at the family meeting in Bedminster, New Jersey.

       The president would occasionally ease the tension by teasing the first lady, saying, sarcastically, with puffed up importance, “Melania, honey, look at this incredible journey I have brought you on.”
       “It’s like a joke between them at every dinner,” Lara says. “Everyone is attacking all of us and she’s smeared for no reason other than pure jealousy and he says, ‘Hon, isn’t this amazing? This journey that I have allowed you to come on?’
       “And she’s like, ‘Oh yeah, thank you so much.’

*From the pages of Inside Trump’s White House


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