White House hosts a ‘conversation with Women of America’ amid #MeToo movement
More than a dozen top White House officials will attend a series of events on Tuesday that the Trump administration is billing as a “conversation with Women of America.”
The event comes amid the nationwide focus on sexual harassment and assault against women dubbed the #MeToo movement spurred by extensive alleged abuse by Harvey Weinstein and a cascade of other powerful men.
Though the movement has impacted the sports, entertainment and political worlds, it has largely spared the White House, even though at least 15 women have come forward with a wide range of accusations against Trump, ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women. Trump was also recorded in 2005 describing sexually assaulting women on the “Access Hollywood” videotape.
Trump has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing.
Expected to attend: senior White House officials, such as Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter and senior adviser, communications director Hope Hicks, press secretary Sarah Sanders and counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway as well as Cabinet members Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
The event includes of a three-part panel where, according to White House spokeswoman Lindsey Walters, “women from various backgrounds and experiences … will speak with high-level women within the Trump administration.”
President Donald Trump, according to a White House official, is not expected to attend the event, but could drop by. Melania Trump is also not expected to attend, according to the East Wing communications office.
The women, Walters added, will speak with White House officials about “what has been accomplished to date to advance women at home, and in the workplace.”
“As part of an ongoing conversation this administration has been having with American women there will be a focus on the economy, health care and national security during the President’s first year in office,” Walters said.
More than 200 women are expected to attend, including Anita McBride, the former chief of staff for first lady Laura Bush; Heather Higgins, the CEO Independent Women’s Voice, and Judy Van Rest, the executive vice president of the International Republican Institute.