Ivanka Trump tipped for solo political career as she stays quiet on fraud claims

Ivanka Trump's careful moves since her father Donald's defeat to Joe Biden in the US election have ignited speculation she could be plotting a political career of her own.

The 39-year-old was heavily involved in her dad's presidential campaign, but she mostly kept quiet about Mr Trump's claims of election fraud after the vote.

This has sparked rumours she is trying to avoid her words being used against her if she decides to run for the 2024 presidency.

Her brothers Eric, 36, and Donald Jr, 42, have both delivered press conferences in support of their dad's fraud claims but Ivanka has avoided showing such vocal support.

Marketing lecturer Andrew Hughes, of the Australian National University in Canberra, said: "It's a smart move – the sons are protecting their dad, but acknowledging that while they probably can't win the next election, it's better if one of them does, which means they will be close to power anyway.

"She is probably the best of the Trumps to make a run in future – she's young and she's got a cutting-edge image the Republicans would like to portray."

Bookmakers Coral are offering odds of 12-1 that she will be the Republican candidate at the next election, and 25-1 that she will win the 2024 vote.

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The firm's Harry Aitkenhead said: "The Trump family are certainly not going away from politics and now we're seeing bets on Ivanka to run in 2024.

"We make it 25-1 that she wins the next US election."

Ivanka's only comment on the electoral fraud claims came last Friday, the day before Mr Biden was declare the winner.

She wrote on Twitter: "Every legally cast vote should be counted. Every illegally case vote should not. This should not be controversial.

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"This is not a partisan statement – free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy."

Ivanka has been a senior adviser during her father's presidency.

Mr Trump is still yet to concede defeat to president-elect Mr Biden, despite the Democrat candidate securing enough electoral college votes to take the White House.

Last night Mr Biden branded his opponent "an embarrassment" for his refusal to accept the inevitable and said nothing will stop the transfer of power as he fields phone calls from world leaders in preparation for taking office on January 20.

He said: "I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly.

"The only thing that, how I can I say this tactfully, I think it will not help the president's legacy."

"At the end of the day, you know, it's all going to come to fruition on January 20."

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