Manhattan Republican Party Chair 'Thrilled' to Have Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Registered as Republicans in NYC

The Manhattan Republican Party chair has welcomed White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, daughter and senior advisor to President Donald Trump, to the party after the first daughter said she is now a "proud Trump Republican."

"I am thrilled to welcome Ivanka and Jared into our vibrant Manhattan Republican Party. I am a huge fan of our great President and having two more of his family members in our party will energize our base even more as we continue to grow our party in Manhattan," Andrea Catsimatidis Chair of the Manhattan Republican Party told Newsweek on Monday.

The couple had been registered Democrats for years and have previously donated to Democratic candidates in their home state of New York. The first daughter registered with the New York City Board of Elections as a Republican before the 2018 midterm elections.

With Ivanka Trump and Kushner's official Republican status, all of the president's children, with the exception of 13-year-old Barron, are now registered Republicans.

"I am a proud Trump Republican," the first daughter told the New York Times Monday. "I believe he's broadened the reach of the Republican Party, which is really important to me."

In December, Kushner told reporters, "I was not a Republican. Now I'm a Republican. I think the Republican Party is growing now that people like me feel comfortable being part of it."

Trump told the Times that she tends to "agree more with the more conservative viewpoint more often than where the Democrats are today," adding "no one person or party has a monopoly on good ideas."

Trump made few appearances on her father's behalf during the 2016 presidential election. Things have changed this time around. With the president's 2020 re-election campaign in full swing, Trump is scheduled to appear at fundraising events for her father in Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and New York.

She told the Times that she "prided herself on being able to raise more money during a one-hour breakfast meeting than the top-tier Democratic presidential candidates." In Houston, Trump reportedly raised $2 million in 45 minutes. She called the feat "record-shattering."

In a recent appearance at CPAC, Trump touted her father's accomplishments, including strides made to assist women in the work force. "Of all the new jobs added [last year], 72 percent of them went to women," Trump said. "Average wages increased by [3.1] percent for women in this administration versus a little under 2 percent at the expansion period of the previous administration. So women are winning."

Trump recently praised Kushner for playing an active role in America's criminal justice reform. At a graduation ceremony on February 20 hosted by Hope for Prisoners, a program aimed at aiding ex-convicts to reenter the workforce, Trump called his senior adviser "the father of criminal justice reform."

"Thank you, Jared. He never wants any credit. He does a lot. He works hard. But that's working out very well," the president said at the event in Las Vegas.

Update 6:03 p.m. ET.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner walk to Air Force One prior to departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, October 30, 2018 Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images