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Counter Points is written by WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson. In it, he shares insights on political news on the local, state and national level that impacts the 2020 election. Counter Points is delivered once a week on Wednesdays and will cease publication soon after the November election is decided.

In Cincinnati, Ivanka Trump Says Her Father Has 'Moved Mountains' To Fight COVID-19

Cory Sharber
Ivanka Trump addresses hundreds of supporters during a campaign rally in Cincinnati's Ault Park on Oct. 16, 2020.

President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, spoke in front of hundreds of supporters on Friday just weeks before Election Day.

Her appearance in Cincinnati follows the president’s town hall on Thursday, in which he dodged a question regarding QAnon, the conspiracy theory which says Trump is battling a "deep state" child sex trafficking ring run by Democrats. 

"As many of you may have noticed, if you were watching what I called a debate last night - some may call it a town hall - I think it was more of a debate with the moderator," Trump said.

Trump's eldest daughter said pedophilia was never an issue brought up by a president until Donald Trump took office.

"We will not rest until every child in America is safe, and we stamp out this evil once and for all," Trump said.

The director of the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline has said QAnon is actually harming their efforts to fight human trafficking.

On Middle East Efforts

Trump told the crowd at Ault Park in Cincinnati that her father's policies have brought peace to the Middle East, including moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

"Peace is peace," Trump said. "It’s amazing. It's what the world should strive for, but President Trump has also worked to achieve peace in the Middle East so that the United States can finally stop the endless foreign wars and bring home our soldiers, our sailors, our airmen and our Marines."

In February, the U.S. and the Taliban struck a deal to achieve peace in Afghanistan. This will require the United States to remove all military forces from the country by April 2021.


Trump touted the president's actions taken to reduce the impact of COVID-19.

She said her father's decision to stop travel from China and Europe at the beginning of the pandemic saved millions of lives. She also said scientists are on track to produce a vaccine before the end of the year.

"I have seen him move mountains to streamline bureaucracy, to make sure this vaccine is delivered safely, effectively, and not having compromised anything in the process," Trump said. "It's amazing."

On Friday, Pfizer, America’s front runner for development of the vaccine, said its vaccine won’t be ready until mid-November at the earliest.

The United States is also seeing COVID-19 deaths at higher rates compared to other countries.

Cory Sharber attended Murray State University majoring in journalism and political science and comes to Cincinnati Public Radio from NPR Member station WKMS.