Nestled into President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget proposal is $100 million for a pet project of his daughter, Ivanka Trump, ABC News reported on Friday.
The administration’s Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, launched last month, is headed by Ivanka and supported by numerous government agencies — including the State Department and National Security Council — as well as private investment.
Ivanka told the Associated Press on Friday that her father’s budget includes “a new $100 million commitment” for the project, on top of the $50 million previously budgeted through the Agency for International Development, and said the initiative is "working towards our goal of economically empowering 50 million women in developing countries by 2025."
ABC News said the initiative “aims to coordinate current programs and develop new ones to help women in areas such as job training, financial support and legal or regulatory reforms.”
The proposed additional funding for Ivanka’s project comes despite her father’s previous attempts to cut funding for USAID.
The White House will also announce the appointment of Kelley Eckels Currie to the position of ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, ABC News reported.
The position was established under President Barack Obama but had remained vacant through Trump’s first two years in office.
Ivanka, who has concentrated primarily on women’s economic issues since joining her father’s administration, praised Currie, saying she "is a formidable partner on women's economic empowerment and national security issues."
Currie presently serves as the representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.