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Ivanka Trump Says U.S. Is 'Most Generous Nation in the World': 'America First Does Not Mean America Alone'

First daughter Ivanka Trump appears to be trying to remove the negative connotations of her father President Donald Trump’s “America first” mantra.

In promoting a new women’s global empowerment initiative, set to be announced Thursday afternoon, Ivanka Trump said: “‘America first’ does not mean ‘America alone.’”

“We are proud to be the most generous nation in the world,” she also said on a call with reporters on Wednesday, according to The New York Times.

However, her words do not match the Trump administration’s track record, for the most part. The administration just last year slashed the United States Agency for International Development’s foreign aid budget.

But Ivanka Trump's Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative will initially utilize $50 million from USAID and work with private companies—including Walmart and UPS—to help 50 million women living in developing countries to become secure economically by 2025.

The senior White House adviser touted the virtues of the plan on Twitter Wednesday:

“Last night @POTUS shared the historic economic gains women are experiencing in America & previewed tomorrow’s launch of our bold NEW initiative to unleash the potential of women in the developing world & in so doing, promote peace, security + prosperity for all,” she wrote, capped off with the State of the Union hashtag #SOTU. “Stay tuned!”

In an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday, Ivanka Trump wrote the fund “will implement the administration’s new strategy of foreign assistance, which emphasizes investments that produce measurable results and help recipient countries become self-reliant.”

The program will have three central aims: advancing women’s workforce development and vocational education, empowering them to succeed as entrepreneurs, and ridding the regulatory, legal and cultural barriers stopping them from working.

Ivanka Trump entered the West Wing vowing to be an advocate for women, children and families. She had perhaps her biggest legislative win in late December—the passage of the bipartisan Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act, aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs around the world and breaking down gender-related barriers.

But the first daughter has been criticized for failing to deliver on issues such as equal pay and paid family leave.

The watchdog group Democracy Forward last spring filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Office of Management and Budget and received documents they said showed that Ivanka Trump had a hand in the administration's rollback of an Obama-era equal pay rule.

"It’s difficult to see this as anything other than a hypocritical PR stunt, given that Ivanka supported the Trump administration's rollback to equal pay protections that benefit women," Democracy Forward spokeswoman Charisma Troiano told Newsweek on Thursday.

Disapproval of the first daughter has also materialized in a new art exhibit in Washington, D.C., that allows visitors to throw crumbs at an Ivanka Trump lookalike while she is vacuuming.

IvankaTrumpAmericaFirstWomen From left, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Ivanka Trump, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and moderator Miriam Meckel are on stage at the W20 conference on April 25, 2017, in Berlin. Ivanka Trump said a new women's global development initiative shows “‘America first’ does not mean ‘America alone.’” Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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