It is not exactly the sharpest political move, to highlight any sort of link, in the midst of a presidential campaign. In fact, Deng is reportedly responsible for re-uniting Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, who broke up in 2008 when their religious differences caused them to split.
A new profile of the couple relays how Deng invited Jared for a weekend on the Murdoch family yacht. Come with Rupert and me on the boat for the weekend,” she said.
Or hearing her father’s repeated comments about how attractive she is and still appearing side by side with him as an executive at his company.
More recently, as Donald Trump’s campaign navigates one gaffe after another—a call for “Second Amendment people” to “do something” to block Hillary Clinton from appointing judges, or calling on Russian hackers to target his political enemies, for example—Ivanka has gone about promoting her eponymous lifestyle brand with little acknowledgment of her father’s fires burning around her.
Of course, Ivanka’s father has, in recent months, been accused of his own links to Putin.