What the hell is Ivanka Trump up to?

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She's not slated to hold any formal role in her father's administration, but Ivanka Trump has been making plenty of high-profile, eyebrow-raising moves since the election.

On Monday, Ivanka, who easily ranks among the next president's closest personal and professional confidants, met with former Vice President Al Gore at Trump Tower before he met with her father.

That meeting comes after reporting that Ivanka wants to work intensively on climate change, an issue her father once described as a "hoax" ginned up by the Chinese government.


But lest you start thinking that Ivanka will be the counter-balancing force that saves us all from certain climate doom, the favored Trump daughter also stands to make valuable business gains with her father's new position.

As she sat in on the president-elect's meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan–his first time hosting a foreign leader since winning the election–last month, Ivanka also stood to cash in from ongoing negotiations for a licensing deal between her clothing line and the Japanese apparel giant Sanei International. But get this: as the New York Times reported, the majority shareholder of Sanei's parent company is the Development Bank of Japan, which is fully owned by the Japanese government.

So it's not all that surprising that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, an adviser to the president-elect who is reportedly in the running for a White House job, are house hunting ahead of a move to Washington D.C.

If the stretch since the election is any indication, it's going to be a very good four years to be Ivanka Trump.

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