By Kimberly King, WLOS
Ivanka Trump was welcomed with cheers by more than 200 Republican women at a Greenville forum hosted by Republican Sen. Tim Scott.
The first daughter and special assistant to her father, President Donald Trump, spoke alongside Scott about what they both see as a growing economy thanks to Republican-backed tax reform passed in December.
“We're just at the beginning of what will come from these tax cuts for businesses small and large,” she said.
The two sat for an hour, fielding pre-submitted questions from the friendly crowd. Trump addressed the need for skilled workers, which holds true in Western North Carolina, where there's a need for machinists.
“There are actually 6 million vacant jobs today in America that are going unfilled, that don't require a four-year college degree,” Trump said.
She also touted the benefits of new child tax credits that allow families a deduction of $2,000 per child. She cited specific facts she said demonstrate the importance of helping working parents or single mothers or fathers.
“Working parents are burdened by the enormous cost of childcare, which, in much of this country, is the single largest family expense,” Trump said.
Trump said she was grateful for her own privileged upbringing in New York City, while stating her vision to help working families. She told the crowd her father called her while on a plane back from the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“His message to the biggest companies in the world and their leaders who assembled in Switzerland for this conference was America is open for business. We are leveling the playing field,” she said.
There was no mention of new reports that her father sought to fire Russia special counsel Robert Mueller. The focus was strictly on what Trump and Scott see as Republican success with an improving economy.
“I love her phrase,” said Pamela Evette, who is running for lieutenant governor of South Carolina. “I use it all the time. A high tide raises all ships, and so you have to start somewhere. And if you pass that along, everyone will prosper in the end.”
“She is fighting for all moms,” said Aline Kilgore, secretary for the Upstate Republican Women. “All children, all fathers, that need these funds.”