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Ivanka Trump – who served as senior White House advisor during her father Donald Trump’s presidency – reportedly testified remotely via video link for around eight hours on April 5th, 2022 to the US House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6th 2021 siege on the US Capitol. The 41-year-old mom-of-three’s testimony before the bipartisan congressional committee came just five days after husband Jared Kushner (who was a fellow former presidential adviser) also answered questions from the committee for over six hours – and now we *finally* have more information about what she said!

Business Not as Usual

For generations, having a job meant traveling to an office or other workplace where we saw the same co-workers every day and the boss hovered nearby. The big break in the tedium might be a perfunctory gathering to watch a colleague blow out birthday cake candles, and working from home was a rare thing — maybe allowed if the weather was bad. But the coronavirus pandemic changed all of this seemingly overnight for many, and its effects continue to ripple through our lives. Read on for a quick survey of some workplace changes and ask yourself which ones you truly miss.

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Working 9-to-5

When Dolly Parton sang about “working 9 to 5,” most people could relate. You could expect that plenty of people in your time zone had alarm clocks going off at the same time to shower, grab breakfast, and arrive at a workplace at the same time to break for lunch and drag through the remaining hours until leaving at the same time — bookended by two stressful “rush hours,” around which your time was your own. These hours were innovated by Ford Motor in 1926, widely adopted, and formalized by the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, designed to combat factory workers being taken advantage of. A new way of life arrived for many workers as the coronavirus pandemic sparked a remote revolution, though. “Many remote jobs also come with flexible schedules, meaning that workers can start and end their day as they choose as long as their work is complete and leads to strong outcomes,” says Brie Weiler Reynolds, career services manager at FlexJobs and Remote.co.

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Complaining About the Commute

Commuting was once a necessary evil and a reliable topic of conversation with colleagues, especially if there was a backup on the road or train you all took in. Having a commute also could mean time to prepare mentally for the day ahead or decompress before arriving home. “The Auto Insurance Center found that commuters spend about 100 hours commuting and 41 hours stuck in traffic each year, with some ‘extreme’ commuters facing much longer commute times of 90 minutes or more each way,” Reynolds says. In the 2020s, though, many workers have been able to ditch these interludes for “more time for personal priorities outside of work.”

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Decorating Our Office Space

Offices and desks have been places for pictures of family, office-themed jokes, and scenes of whatever beach or mountain top you’d rather be on, but always a way to bring your personality into the workplace. The Muse even once shared a piece on making your workspace “more fun to stare at all day.” Those days seem to be over: Many employees no longer have their own space or even spend much time in an office. “Now that many companies have switched over to a hybrid working model, many employees won’t have an assigned desk anymore,” says Kristin Myers, editor-in-chief of personal finance site The Balance. That means we can “say goodbye to the days of framed photos, desk plants, and personalized decor.” 

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In-Person Happy Hours

Co-workers grabbing a drink after work is how generations of adults bonded, and countless articles have pointed out the benefits of socializing outside the office — while pondering the dangers of it. “Now that many people are no longer grouped together in offices, working from home makes a corporate trip to the local pub feel odd at best. Many companies are attempting to preserve their corporate culture through online happy hours and other digital events, but for the time being, office happy hours are still on ice,” Myers says.

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Office Celebrations

The bigger-scale holiday office party has been a classic setting for all sorts of mischief and drama over the years — heck, we wouldn’t have “Die Hard” without it. And we’ve spent decades cringing through a circle of colleagues singing “Happy Birthday” to us and etiquette experts weighing in on the best ways to celebrate to make everyone feel appreciated. “Every time your birthday came around, you could always count on all your coworkers signing a card and getting a cake (or cookie cake!) for you,” Myers says. But most people don’t celebrate in the office anymore, “so say hello to virtual cards and goodbye to handwritten ones. Most people can now expect birthday celebrations virtually with co-workers on Zoom, and if they’re lucky, their job will make up for the cake by sending a nice treat or gift to your house.”

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Business Travel

Trips to unveil a product at a trade show or hold a team-building retreat were once common, with business-class travel lounges and extra-space seats on airlines, occasionally luxe hotel rooms or even generic ones providing a break from home, and per diems that allowed for some sweet dinners and a night or two on the town. But “business travel may never fully recover from COVID-19,” The Economist says. While some workers may be eager to return to airports, hotels, and conference rooms, their employers may be harder to convince that going back to all that is necessary.

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Dressing for Success

There were once work clothes and the sense of decorum that went with them — just think of Melanie Griffith and her co-workers slipping out of sneakers and into high heels as they arrived in the “Working Girl” office or Don Draper of “Mad Men” with the extra dress shirts he kept in a drawer. The pandemic and the Zoom era turned that into a joke: that people working remotely dressed appropriately only from the waist up. But the jokes petered out, and “Americans are returning to work and finding that sensibilities and dress codes have changed,” The Washington Post says. 

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Knowing Who’s the Boss

You were the employee and had a boss who made the decisions — remember? And a job offer laid out what was on the table, and it was a rare employee bold enough to ask for additional perks? It was the way of the work world, evidenced by stories such as Business Insider’s 2019 piece, “36 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss.” But the upending of how we work and stresses of the so-called Great Resignation mean talented workers have the upper hand in some cases. “We’re seeing workers leverage the talent shortage to their advantage,” says Dawn Fay, senior district president at the management consulting company Robert Half. “Managers are giving employees [more] freedom,” and that “can boost morale and productivity.”

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Local Hires

Despite rare situations in which a family member worked in another city and came home on weekends, most people over the past decades looked for work within a reasonable commute of their home. Stories abounded on the “benefits of living where you work.” Now many companies draw from all over and no longer have to convince top candidates to relocate. “Our research shows 50% of employers are offering remote options and evaluating candidates outside of their office’s geography. Companies can better attract top talent and gain access to a wider talent pool by hiring from anywhere,” Fay says.

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Pay Equaling Success

Those who made the most money have long been considered the most valuable at a company, and envied by many. The pandemic found many people reevaluating what they want out of their work life, with a balance of personal needs rising in importance. “Employees are not content to trade their well-being for a great salary. After spending more time at home during the pandemic — and sometimes watching loved ones lose their lives to illness — many people realize that they need to focus on their family and overall quality of life,” says Ber Leary for Helios PR. 

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Ivanka Trump’s Testimony Before The US House of Representatives Committee

According to an executive summary report released Monday, December 19th ahead of the panel’s final report which is set to be released sometime this year, Ivanka “was not as forthcoming as [other witnesses] about President Trump’s conduct.” According to People, the committee believes that she didn’t share her full recollection of the events that took place on January 6th, including the full account of what happened at a speech her father gave just hours before the Capitol riots.

When committee staff asked Ivanka if she had attended the Stop the Steal rally on the morning of the riots in an effort to “calm the president,” she reportedly said, “no,” adding: “I don’t know who said that or where that came from.” The committee also revealed that Ivanka “acknowledged” some of the claims surrounding her final months as a White House adviser, including that she and then-Attorney General William Barr both agreed that there was “no evidence” of significant election fraud. She also reportedly agreed that her father watched the attack on the Capitol on television “as it was occurring.”

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Ivanka’s Former Chief Of Staff Spills More Details

The committee reportedly deemed that Julie Radford, Ivanka’s former chief of staff, “had a more specific recollection of Ivanka Trump’s actions and statements.” Radford reportedly told the committee that Ivanka was concerned about her father’s demeanor after she heard him speaking to Vice President Mike Pence, saying: “Ivanka shared that he had called the Vice President [an expletive word.] I think that bothered her.” She added: “And I think she could tell based on the conversations and what was going on in the office that he was angry and upset and people were providing misinformation. And she felt like she might be able to help calm the situation down, at least before he went on stage.”

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Ivanka Says She ‘Fought Like Hell’ To Convince Donald Trump To Stop Insurrection

Interestingly, the newest transcript from the testimony has revealed a lot more information on what went on behind closed doors on the night of the insurrection, and it looks like Ivanka, as well as other members of White House staff, didn’t have any influence on President Trump’s actions and his failure to intervene, no matter how hard they tried!

Ivanka allegedly first learned about what was happening at the Capitol when senior adviser Eric Herschmann “barged” into her office with the news, which led to her immediately rushing to her father, who was in the private dining room, to help him write something on Twitter.

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According to the transcript, Ivanka helped her father write yet another tweet as the violence was continuing, saying: “It was important to underscore the goal. Here he says, you know, very specifically, ‘No violence!’ with an exclamation mark.” However, the committee told Ivanka that helping her father compose a few tweets wasn’t enough, and asked her why she didn’t “do more” in helping him come to the right decision. Her answer was interesting, as she suggested that nobody can tell her father what to do – not even his own daughter – but reportedly reiterated that she “fought like hell to do the best job” she could in spite of everything that was happening.

“I intervened when I felt like I had the knowledge and was apprised of the conversations and could do so,” she reportedly said, adding, “But he’s the President of the United States. I’m his advisor, and I’m one of many advisors. I’m also his daughter.”

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Previous Reports About Testimonies Before Jan 6. Committee

Last year, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, 41, told the Jan. 6 committee that he urged the then-president “not to take advice from Rudy Giuliani, who was peddling wild election conspiracy theories,” as NBC News writes. The panel’s interview session with Kushner had many takeaways, and in a brief snippet that aired during the public hearing on June 13th, Kushner was asked if he ever shared his beliefs on Giuliani’s legal work with the then-president at the time.

In the clip, Kushner says, “I guess — yes.” When asked what he said to Trump, Kushner responded, “‘Basically, not the approach I would take if I was you.’” As NBC reports, Trump was unmoved. Kushner said Trump then said, “You know, I have confidence in Rudy.” The clip was played after top Trump advisers said an apparently “inebriated” Giuliani had urged Trump to declare victory on election night, which the advisers argued against. Trump took Giuliani’s advice and delivered remarks from the White House, saying, “Frankly, we did win this election.”

The committee also showed a video of Ivanka Trump testifying that she did not believe that her father was in a position to declare victory on Election Day. She stayed at the White House on election night and moved between the residence and a nearby room where some family members were. Asked if she weighed in on the debate on whether her father should assert victory, IvankA said, “I don’t know that I had a firm view as to what he should say, in that circumstance. The results were still being counted. It was becoming clear that the race would not be called on election night.”

In a clip that the panel played at its first hearing on Thursday, the first daughter’s opinion was swayed weeks later when then-Attorney General William Barr said there was no evidence of any fraud that would have impacted the outcome of the 2020 election. “It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying,” Ivanka said.

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Donald Trump Dubs Ivanka’s Jan. 6 Committee Interview ‘A Shame’ And ‘Harassment’

The former president sat down for a discussion with The Washington Post soon after about his daughter’s interview with the Jan. 6 committee and dubbed it “a shame” and “harassment.” The former first daughter voluntarily testified before the panel, and her father also told The Post that he offered “privilege” to both his daughter and son-in-law, but neither of them agreed to this. As a former president, Trump learned he cannot offer “blanket executive privilege to shield testimony,” as Insider writes. Trump also said to The Post that he did not know what his daughter told the members of the committee when testifying, and didn’t have knowledge as to what her husband said either.

One member of the panel reportedly described Kushner’s testimony as “valuable” and they managed to get some “helpful” information out of it; although it is not being released to the public just yet. “There were some things revealed, but we’ll just share that a little later,” Representative Bennie Thompson, the panel’s Democratic chairman, said about Kushner’s testimony.

Ivanka Was Reportedly ‘Cooperative’ Throughout The Process

The committee reportedly interviewed over 800 witnesses in its attempts to compile the most accurate record of the attack. It’s important to note that Ivanka never attempted to invoke her right to remain silent, and was reportedly “answering questions” throughout the testimony. Ivanka was reportedly in the West Wing with her father at the time of the riots, and was said to be one of the people who tried to persuade him to call off the rioters.

Thompson said of her testimony at the time, “She’s answering questions. I mean, you know, not in a broad, chatty term, but she’s answering questions.” Thompson also said that Ivanka was cooperative throughout the process, adding, “She came in on her own, that has obviously significant value. We did not have to subpoena.”



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