Ivanka Trump greeted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with a friendly kiss on Thursday while welcoming guests at a White House event held after her father’s impassioned speech about the U.S. opioid epidemic.
The 35-year-old first daughter approached Christie with open arms before giving him a hug and kiss in the East Room, which was filled with members of President Trump’s Cabinet.
Christie wasn’t the only one who received a warm greeting from Ivanka following the president and first lady’s speeches that afternoon.
Get over here! Ivanka Trump welcomed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with open arms on Thursday after listening to her father’s impassioned speech about the U.S. opioid epidemic
Warm greeting: The 35-year-old first daughter leaned in to give the governor a friendly kiss
Playing catch up: Ivanka gave Christie a warm smile while they talked among the crowd
Ivanka was also photographed hugging Democrat Senator Joe Manchin and chatting with her arm around Housing an Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
The mother-of-three donned an asymmetrical plaid dress, which featured ruffles at the top and three belts cinching her waist.
She paired the frock with a pair of wine-colored suede heels from her eponymous fashion line.
Ivanka wore her blond hair down and blown out straight, accessorizing her look with a pair of pearl stud earrings and a red string tied around her wrist.
Earlier in the afternoon, Ivanka sat in the audience as her father Trump proclaimed the opioid epidemic a ‘national public health emergency’ and made it personal by invoking his late brother Fred.
‘We will defeat this opioid epidemic,’ Trump declared. ‘We are going to overcome addiction in America.’
Catching up: Ivanka had her arm around Housing an Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson while chatting with him at the event
Working the crowd: Ivanka was also seen hugging Democrat Senator Joe Manchin
Work style: Ivanka donned a an asymmetrical plaid dress featuring ruffled sleeves
Added details: The White house senior adviser wore her blond hair straight around her shoudlers and pear earrings
Trump made the crisis personal as he delivered remarks on the issue from the White House’s East Room on Thursday with his wife Melania standing by.
Reflecting on the affliction that snuffed out 64,000 American lives last year, Trump brought up his brother Fred, who died of alcoholism when he was 43.
‘I learned myself, I had a brother Fred, great guy, best looking guy, best personality, much better than mine, but he had a problem,’ Trump said, noting how his brother would tell him again and again to not touch alcohol.
Trump said he listened to his brother’s advice and suggested teaching kids when they’re young not to do drugs could do the trick.
‘To this day I haven’t had a drink and I have no longing for it, I have no interest in it. And to this day I’ve never had a cigarette,’ Trump said.
First Lady Melania Trump was on hand to introduce her husband, having adopted the opioid crisis as one of her office’s issues.
Flyaway: Ivanka was photographed tucking her hair behind her ear as she mingled
Old friends: Ivanka was photographed standing next to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway at the event
Focused: At one point, the two women were deep in conversation
Supportive: Earlier in the afternoon, Ivanka sat in the audience as her father Trump proclaimed the opioid epidemic a ‘national public health emergency’
Conversing: The mother-of-three leaned over in her chair to talk to someone who was sitting in front of her
Promise: ‘We will defeat this opioid epidemic,’ Trump declared in his speech. ‘We are going to overcome addiction in America.’
On board: First Lady Melania Trump was on hand to introduce her husband, having adopted the opioid crisis as one of her office’s issues
Teamwork: Trump called Christie, the head of his opiod abuse commission, to the stage after signing a director on opioid abuse
‘This can happen to any of us, drug addiction can take your friends, neighbors and family. No state has been spared,’ she said. And no demographic has been untouched, which is why my husband and his administration has dedicated itself to combating this health crisis by using every resource available.’
When the president took the podium he thanked his wife for her ‘very deep devotion’ and called the epidemic not just a national problem, but a global one.
‘As you all know from personal experience, families, communities and citizens from across our country are currently dealing with the worst drug crisis in American history and even, if you really think about it, world history,’ Trump said.
Ivanka watched in the audience while her father signed a directive on opioid abuse from the stage using two pens.
Trump called Christie, the head of his opiod abuse commission, to the stage to give him one of the pens, while giving the other to a young boy.
On Thursday morning, Ivanka was seen leaving her Washington, D.C. home in her plaid dress, which was previously worn by actress Jessica Biel, who is also 35.
Print: Ivanka seems to be loving plaid at the moment, and she stepped out of her house this morning donning the print for the third time in four days
Garment: The first daughter was pictured leaving her house in Washington, D.C., modeling a black and white dress with a thin plaid pattern
Heading out: Ivanka, who wore her hair down, made her way towards a black SUV waiting for her outside of her residence
Previously on: That same dress, lined with ruffled at the top and cinched with three belts around the waist, was previously worn by Jessica Biel, who is also 35
The actress chose the asymmetrical dress for the April premiere of her movie The Sinner, which came out in August.
While Jessica’s version had a slightly different cut top, with a more prominent sleeve down the left arm, it features the same dark blue lining as Ivanka’s.
The senior White House adviser paired hers with strappy pumps tied with a thin laces around her ankles and thin metallic earrings.
Ivanka, who wore her hair down, made her way towards a black SUV waiting for her outside of her residence.
Before she stepped inside the vehicle, an assistant was seen handing a beige jacket to a Secret Service agent. The assistant also loaded a purple bag onto the vehicle.
The first daughter wore her first plaid outfit of the week on Monday, when she stepped out of her house donning a plaid pencil skirt.
She paired it with a two-toned pink top with striking bell sleeves in a darker, richer pink than the rest of the ensemble.
Style: While Jessica’s version had a slightly different cut top, with a more prominent sleeve down the left arm, it features the same dark blue lining as Ivanka’s
Accessories: The senior White House adviser paired hers with strappy pumps tied with a thin lace around her ankles
Team: Before Ivanka stepped inside the vehicle, an assistant was seen handing a beige jacket to a Secret Service agent
Belongings: The assistant also loaded a purple bag onto the vehicle that Ivanka boarded
Finishing touches: Ivanka also finished off her outfit with a pair of thin metallic earrings
Along with the $195 top, which is manufactured by the LA-based label Staud, Ivanka wore black stilettos, cutting a chic silhouette that contrasted slightly with her spooky fall decor.
Ivanka and her family have fully embraced the fall season, and have covered their door with faux cobwebs stretching all across the iron.
Behind the mother of three, a few pumpkins were arranged in the entryway, including one that has been carved to give it a frightening smile.
The work is likely the result of a craft project by one of Ivanka’s children, six-year-old Arabella, four-year-old Joseph, and one-year-old Theodore.
On Wednesday, Ivanka wore the second of her plaid-themed outfits, this time opting for a pantsuit.
She was photographed leaving her home in the upscale neighborhood of Kalorama, having paired the ensemble with a dark blue top.
This time, Ivanka finished off her outfit with matching blue stilettos with three-inch heels, as well as a pair of earrings made out of a string of four spheres.
Her husband, 36-year-old Jared Kushner, was seen heading out of their family home on the same day, carrying a messenger bag and a bulkier one fit for short-term travel.
The day also marked the couple’s anniversary eighth wedding anniversary. Ivanka shared one of their wedding photos on Instagram, writing in the caption: ‘Happy eight-year anniversary to the love of my life!’
Ivanka has been working this week to promote her father’s proposed tax plan. On Wednesday, she headed to Capitol Hill to discuss the child tax credit with Republican House members and senators.
How it began: The first daughter wore her first plaid outfit of the week on Monday, when she stepped out of her house donning a plaid pencil skirt
Seeing a pattern: On Wednesday, Ivanka wore the second of her plaid-themed outfits, this time opting for a pantsuit
Starting the day: Ivanka’s husband, 36-year-old Jared Kushner, was also seen heading out of their family home on Wednesday morning
Duties: Ivanka on Wednesday adviser appeared at a press conference with GOP lawmakers to promote her father’s proposed tax plan
The White House adviser appeared at a press conference with GOP lawmakers, where she framed the tax credit as crucial for working families.
‘It is a priority of this administration and it is a legislative priority to ensure that American families can thrive,’ she said.
Two days prior, on Monday, she attended a town hall in Richboro, Philadelphia on Monday to defend the GOP’s proposed reform.
The event took place with residents and families from the Bucks County area, and Ivanka made the case for how tax reform can benefit working-class and middle-class families.
President Trump’s proposed tax reform has been criticized for disproportionately favoring the rich, while Republicans have sought to promote it as favoring the middle class.
During the town hall, Ivanka, who has focused on promoting a plan to expand the child tax credit, said that the credit could help young people starting families, as well as families trying to balance key needs with their budgets.
She said the Trump administration’s priority in tax reform is helping middle-income Americans, adding that tax reform will also keep America competitive as businesses consider where to start or grow.
Milestone: Ivanka celebrated her eighth wedding anniversary with Jared on Wednesday and shared this wedding photo on Instagram to mark the occasion
Message: Ivanka captioned her Instagram, which has received more than 209,000 likes: ‘Happy eight-year anniversary to the love of my life!’
Ready! On Sunday, Ivanka shared this photo of her son Joseph dressed as Catboy, a character in the PJ Masks cartoon series, saying he took it for a ‘test drive’ before Halloween
A different time: Ivanka (pictured as a model in 1999) revealed in her mother Ivana’s new book, Raising Trump, that she had a ‘punk’ phase and dyed her hair blue in the 1990s
Going blue: The first daughter did don blue hair on the red carpet of the Met Ball 2013 (pictured), for which she got strands of dark blue added to her blonde locks
Last week, it was revealed that Ivanka wrote about going through a ‘punk phase’ in her mother Ivana’s new memoir, which left many Twitter users mocking her for her claims.
‘During my punk phase in the nineties, I was really into Nirvana,’ she wrote in a chapter of Raising Trump. ‘My wardrobe consisted of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts.’
President Trump’s eldest daughter also shared an anecdote according to which she once dyed her hair blue after school, which wasn’t to the taste of her mother.
‘She took one look at me and immediately went out to the nearest drugstore to buy a $10 box of Nice’n Easy,’ Ivanka added. ‘That night, she forced me to dye my hair back to blonde.’
Ivanka claimed that the shade her mother picked was three tones lighter than her natural blonde, and said she ‘never looked back’ after trying out that new hue.
However, some have pointed out that it is unlikely that store-bought dye would make someone’s hair three shades lighter, especially after the hair was colored blue.
The first daughter further illustrated her ‘punk phase’ by talking about her passion for Nirvana and the band’s frontman Kurt Cobain, saying the musician’s suicide in 1994 left her shocked and ‘distraught’ when she was 12 years old.
‘Mom had no idea who Kurt Cobain was, and she sympathized only so much,’ Ivanka wrote. ‘After twenty-four hours of my crying inconsolably in my room, alone — major melodrama—Mom had to pull me out of there to go down to dinner.’