CNN’s coverage of Ivanka Trump‘s awkwardly timed vacation in Aspen couldn’t resist a mention of the “$585 Dior sunglasses” she wore. But the bigger story isn’t the tired one about the Trumps — and a select group of other Americans — being outrageously rich and perhaps happily out of touch, as Bernie Sanders likes to point out. The bigger story here is that Ivanka just got her White House office fixed up, and this was a very big week for Dad in Washington — health care bill, signature campaign promise — and yet the administration’s most attractive asset was thousands of miles away.
So was Ivanka’s husband, Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner. Kushner made his family a priority while the fate of health care for families throughout the country was up in the air. If Kushner or Ivanka attempted to influence a recalcitrant member of congress to side with the president, it was on FaceTime instead of through that all-important, age-old political commodity: face time.