It has been a busy few days for Ivanka Trump during her whirlwind tour of Morocco, but the first daughter was showing no signs of slowing down on Friday as she stepped out for the final day of her trip with a big smile on her face.
The 38-year-old looked incredibly glamorous as she stepped out for an event at the Palais de Congres in Rabat, where she helped to announce a $6.2 million grant that will be used to further women in the workplace.
Despite having attended a glamorous gala dinner alongside Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco the night before, Ivanka showed no signs of tiredness as she took to the podium at the event to discuss her Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative and promote the importance of workforce development and skills training for unemployed women.
Feeling all white! Ivanka Trump smiled happily for the cameras on Friday as she kicked off her final day in Morocco
Chic: The 38-year-old looked very stylish in an all-white pantsuit as she left the Palais des Congres in Rabat
Bling thing: Ivanka accessorized her look with a chunky turquoise brooch and a pair of matching earrings
Speaking out: During the ceremony at the Palais de Congres, Ivanka helped to announce that $6.2 million will be awarded as part of a program to support job placement services and training programs that prepare women for the workforce
Spreading the news: The visit to Morocco is Ivanka’s third overseas trip this year to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative
Speaking out: Ivanka made a passionate speech about the importance of education and skill building for women
Shortly after the event concluded, the mother-of-three then strutted her stuff for the waiting photographers outside of the building, looking incredibly glamorous in a white pantsuit, which featured a form-fitting long-sleeved top, and a pair of wide legged trousers.
Ivanka accessorized the look with a large turquoise brooch and a pair of matching earrings, before completing the ensemble with some simple nude heels – the same pair that she wore with the glamorous gold gown she donned for the gala dinner the night before.
But despite the W-GDP Initiative taking center stage at the Palais de Congres event, it was not the only thing on the first daughter’s mind on Friday.
During a sit-down interview with AP, Ivanka echoed her father’s view that the House impeachment investigation is an attempt to overturn the 2016 election, however she parted ways with President Donald Trump by calling the identity of the impeachment whistleblower ‘not particularly relevant’.
The Republican president and some of his allies have been pressing the news media to publicize the whistleblower’s name, but Ivanka insisted that the person’s motives were more important – however she declined to speculate on what they might have been.
Discussions: Although the W-GDP Initiative took center stage at the Palais de Congres event, it was not the only thing on the first daughter’s mind on Friday, with Ivanka also speaking out about her father’s administration during a sit-down interview
Opinion: Ivanka echoed her father’s view that the House impeachment investigation is an attempt to overturn the 2016 election, but she insisted that the identity of the impeachment whistleblower ‘not particularly relevant’
On the move: The first daughter is set to leave Morocco on Friday and return home to Washington, D.C.
Meet and greet: Ivanka had a chance to meet with businesswomen after making her announcement
‘The whistleblower shouldn’t be a substantive part of the conversation,’ she said, before adding that the person in question ‘did not have firsthand information’.
‘To me, it’s not particularly relevant aside from what the motivation behind all of this was,’ she concluded.
In a wide-ranging, 25-minute interview, Ivanka also addressed her family’s criticism of Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, whether she wants four more years in the White House and the possible future sale of her family’s landmark Washington hotel, which she helped develop and referred to as ‘my baby’.
She said she shares her father’s oft-repeated view that the impeachment investigation is about ‘overturning the results of the 2016 election’; House Democrats, by contrast, maintain the inquiry is about whether Trump abused his office by putting his political interests first.
Ivanka was certainly all business on Friday – however she has found time during her trip to enjoy some more relaxed events, namely the gala dinner on Thursday evening where she undoubtedly shone as the belle of the ball in a floor-length gold caftan-style gown that is thought to have been created by local designer Fadila El Gadi, who has created all of Ivanka’s looks during the trip.
Mother-of-three Ivanka looked right at home in her ornate surroundings in the dazzling design – her third outfit of the day – which she paired with some simple nude heels, ensuring all focus remained on the beaded dress.
The long gown featured piping along the neckline and down the front, and it had a built-in belt to cinch Ivanka’s waist in and show off her natural curves.
To complete the look, the White House advisor had her short blonde locks pulled back into a voluminous updo, and she added a pair of large pearl earrings as a final touch of sparkle.
It seems Ivanka certainly got the memo as far as the evening’s dress code, because her ornate gown was almost identical in silhouette to the stunning dress worn by the princess, who opted for a deep blue, pink, and gold design.
Both women were pictured beaming happily as they made their way into their dinner, having apparently bonded during their first meeting on Wednesday, when Princess Meryem met Ivanka at the airport, before they enjoyed afternoon tea together.
Since then, Ivanka has had an incredibly busy schedule, visiting a number of different local areas, while showing off an impressive array of wardrobe options in the process.
Shine bright like a diamond! Ivanka put on an incredibly chic show on Thursday night in an ornate gold gown as she attended a dinner at the royal palace in Rabat alongside Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco
Matchy matchy: The 38-year-old’s dress was almost identical in silhouette to the design worn by the princess, with both women opting for caftan-style floor-length gowns
Close pals: The ladies seemed to be in great spirits as they chatted away during dinner, having already enjoyed afternoon tea together earlier in the week
Indeed, Ivanka seemed eager to turn Morocco into her own personal catwalk earlier in the day as she toured a local olive grove collective, before meeting the country’s prime minister.
The 38-year-old started her day off in a simple but chic black-and-white outfit, before later changing things up – and letting her hair down – ahead of her meeting with Prime Minister Saadeddine el-Othmani and Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.
For her later engagements in the day, the first daughter went with a slightly edgier look, donning a chic dark green silk midi dress that fell just above her bare ankles, and allowed her to show off her demure nude heels.
She then injected some edge into the look with a funky patterned cape that she wore over the long-sleeved dress.
The fashion piece, which looks as though it may have been created by a local designer, featured gold and teal patterns across its beige fabric, while the upper and lower thirds of the design were covered in black cross shapes.
Clearly eager to embrace a more glamorous style for her evening out, Ivanka let her short blonde hair down from the updo she had modeled earlier in the day, and she appeared to have added some more makeup to her glamorous look.
Earlier in the day, Ivanka shared a touching moment with a female farmer during a tour of an olive grove collective in the province of Sidi Kacem.
The first daughter was warmly embraced and kissed by local olive farmer Aicha Bourkib as she arrived at the groves, before being taken on a guided tour of the farmlands, and met four women – including Bourkib – whose lives have been transformed thanks to ongoing legal changes that could allow them to inherit land.
She’s got options: Ivanka wore two other outfits on Thursday afternoon, wearing on a funky patterned cape for a meeting with the Moroccan Foreign Minister, after touring local olive groves with a group of female farmers
Back to basics: The first daughter traded her simple black flats for a pair of nude heels, and swapped her black-and-white outfit for something more colorful and fun – an embroidered cape and a green dress
Getting to know you: The 38-year-old was again joined on the tour by Cairncross
New friend: Ivanka formed a particularly close bond with one of the female olive farmers, Aicha Bourkib, a 59-year-old mother-of-four who greeted the first daughter with a warm hug
Embrace: Bourkib kissed Ivanka’s hands, before the pair embraced
Close bond: Ivanka met with four women, including Bourkib (left), whose lives have been transformed by ongoing legal changes that could allow them to inherit land
Bourkib couldn’t hold back her emotion as she met Ivanka, 38, whom she kissed on the hands, before pulling her into a tight hug. The pair then held hands as the White House advisor was led around the groves, with a guide explaining the work that the women do.
59-year-old housewife Bourkib, who is also a mother-of-four, revealed that she has planted olive trees and vegetables on land she recently bought; she also has two cows and wants to create a dairy cooperative in her village.
The mom-of-four seemed to form an instant bond with Ivanka, who looked incredible chic in a black-and-white ensemble that included an embroidered jacket, tight black pants, a black turtleneck, and a pair of sensible flat black shoes.
She finished off the look with some funky orb-shaped earrings, and had her short blonde hair pulled back from her face to show off her glamorous makeup look of the day.
As well as Bourkib’s warm embrace, Ivanka and her group were also met by a band of female musicians who beat drums and sung, while the first daughter danced along to the beat.
Ivanka, who arrived in Morocco on Wednesday, was joined on the tour by her trip companion Sean Cairncross, the CEO of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent US foreign aid agency that provides grants to developing countries to help promote economic growth, reduce poverty and strengthen institutions.
The pair were led around the olive groves, where Bourkib and her fellow farmers have turned the land into a profitable business to help support themselves and their families.
After their tour, the pair met with a larger group of female farmers, with Ivanka addressing the women during a special ceremony, speaking to them about her female-focused empowerment initiatives, and learning how their lives have been and will continue to be changed by gaining the ability to buy, own, and inherit land.
Celebration! The group was met with a band of female musicians as they arrived at the farm collective
A strong beat! Ivanka was seen dancing briefly to the music before preparing to take a tour of the olive groves
Party! After the tour of the olive groves, Ivanka met with more female farmers and business leaders
History: Earlier in the day, Ivanka and Cairncross were given a guided tour of Rabat’s old city
‘Today I am traveling to the rural Gharb region of Morocco to meet with women beneficiaries that will be impacted by implementation of recent land titling reforms,’ Ivanka wrote on Twitter ahead of her day trip.
‘Women’s ability to own and manage property is critical to gender equality and economic empowerment.’
Ivanka and Cairncross had the opportunity to take a guided tour of Rabat’s old city, and they enjoyed a stroll through a medina in Sidi Kacem, before going to the olive groves, and they also sat down to lunch in Rabat with female business leaders.
The visit to Morocco is the third overseas trip that Ivanka has taken this year to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which was launched in February to benefit women in developing countries.
In a statement to AP, Ivanka said the kingdom of Morocco is a valued US ally that has ‘taken strides’ under King Mohammed VI to promote gender equality.
Back in August, she tweeted her support to the Moroccan government after it began the process of amending its inheritance laws, which currently say women should receive half as much as men.
The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative has a goal of helping 50 million women in developing nations advance economically over the next six years.
It is a US government-wide effort that involves the State Department, the National Security Council and other agencies. It aims to coordinate existing programs and develop new ones to help women in areas such as job training, financial support and legal or regulatory reforms.
Ivanka traveled to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, in sub-Saharan Africa, in April and to Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay in September to promote the initiative.
Welcome! Ivanka was greeted by Princess Meryem as she landed in Rabat on Wednesday morning
Tradition: Ivanka and Princess Meryem were presented with milk and dates upon their arrival. The dishes are traditionally served as a welcome snack, and are often offered at celebratory events, including weddings
In-depth: It is likely that Ivanka took the chance to discuss her Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which she will be promoting throughout her three-day trip
The first daughter kicked off her trip to Morocco in royal fashion, sitting down to enjoy tea with Princess Lalla Meryem, who greeted the first daughter off the plane as she landed in Rabat.
She stepped onto the tarmac to meet the princess wearing a chic gray embroidered suit jacket by local designer Fadila El Gadi with coordinating pants and a pair of matching high heels, having left chilly D.C. in a long burgundy and tan trench coat, and a dark turtleneck.
Ivanka was pictured walking through Dulles airport on Tuesday evening looking chic in a $2,380 trench coat from Gabriela Hearst, while wheeling her own suitcase behind her on her way to board her commercial flight.
Clearly thrilled with the warmer weather in Rabat, Ivanka beamed happily as she stepped out of a black car that appears to have transported her from the plane to the terminal, where Princess Meryem was waiting to meet her.
After a warm welcome at the airport, Ivanka was taken to enjoy a traditional Moroccan tea.
Both she and Princess Meryem were presented with milk and dates, which are often served in the country as a welcome snack, as well as at celebrations and parties.
They then sat down to enjoy tea together; images show the two women chatting happily together while sitting in front of a lavish spread that included traditional Moroccan mint tea, and small silver trays of tasty treats.
Princess Meryem looked incredibly chic in an orange trouser suit, which she paired with a bright red blouse and a pair of simple black heels.