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Embassies court Ivanka Trump to build a relationship with her father's administration


The president of the Czech Republic is eager to have Ivanka Trump visit his country, and he believes he has a compelling case to make.

By a "happy coincidence," her mother is Czech, and President Miloš Zeman hopes that's the opening he needs to secure a high-profile visit from the first daughter as he tries to realize the kind of relationship with the U.S. government that his country has long craved.

"We would like her to know that we are the country where she might find a surprising number of people who will treat her very, very nice," said Hynek Kmoní?ek, the Czech ambassador to the United States, who has been entrusted by Zeman to deliver a letter to Ivanka Trump at the earliest opportunity. "Because she's, like, preapproved."

The letter remains undelivered, but Kmoní?ek is optimistic.

"I hope I will be able to put a selfie on the Twitter," he said with a smile as he mused about the meeting while lounging in his Northwest Washington office.

The Czech Republic is just one of several countries that see the first daughter as an avenue of entry into her father's White House, citing the image she has cultivated as culturally curious and active on policy as reason to believe she will be receptive to their outreach. A relationship with the first daughter is coveted because she and her husband, Jared Kushner, are top White House advisers with broad, largely undefined portfolios, stretching from domestic to foreign policy and an all-important familial connection that gives them rare influence.

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