Is it a chicken? Is it a aircraft? No, it’s Ivanka Trump swooping in to avoid wasting Ukraine. Nato is probably not giving Volodymyr Zelenskiy the no-fly zone he needs, however he can at the very least take solace in the truth that he has the complete power of Saint Ivanka by his facet.

For those who haven’t heard concerning the former first daughter’s newest selfless humanitarian exertions, it’s not as a result of she has been modest about them. Ivanka has stored a low profile since her father misplaced the 2020 election, however has not too long ago stepped again into the highlight to make sure her good deeds don’t go unnoticed. On Friday, Ivanka up to date her Instagram account for the primary time since January with a submit trumpeting the truth that she has helped ship greater than one million meals to Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Fox Information additionally revealed an extended puff piece stuffed with adoring quotes from nameless sources and a Florida pastor she is working with about how a aircraft stuffed with meals destined for refugees would by no means have gotten off the bottom “if it weren’t for [Ivanka’s] instant involvement”.

Don’t get me mistaken, serving to refugees ought to all the time be applauded. Hurrah Ivanka! However it’s straightforward to be cynical a couple of Trump’s charity; quid professional quo appears to be the household motto. Donald Trump withheld congressionally authorised army help to Ukraine in 2019, 90 minutes after a cellphone name with Zelenskiy wherein Trump appears to have pressured him for a favour – the topic of Trump’s first impeachment. Weirdly, I don’t recall Ivanka being fairly so involved concerning the Ukrainian individuals again then. She was, in spite of everything, busy palling round with oligarchs in Vladmir Putin’s interior circle, reminiscent of Roman Abramovich.

Individuals change, in fact. I’ll be the primary to confess that Ivanka is a really totally different individual now to how she was when Dad was in energy. She’s in the midst of combating a fraud case for one factor and, very embarrassingly and inconveniently, Trump can’t forestall himself from calling Putin “sensible”. There’s nothing like clinging to a disaster to assist whitewash your picture.

Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist

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