Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump and adviser to his administration, visited Morehead State University on Friday afternoon during her tour of three job centers in eastern Kentucky.
In an effort to learn more about workforce training programs in the region, Trump was joined by Gov. Matt Bevin while visiting the eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute in Paintsville, Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, and ended her trip at MSU’s Space Science Center.
“This has been an illuminating day to say the least,” Trump said. “I’ve been awed by the unbelievable beauty of this state, but also deeply inspired by the stories I’ve heard from students and those training for jobs of the modern economy.”
Trump said her stop in Morehead was particularly special, because she, along with President Trump’s administration, “is obsessed with space.”
“For us, today was about looking at all the pathways of the American dream,” she said, noting she and others on a tour of the facility witnessed a showcase of the university’s 21-M Space Tracking Antenna. “There are multiple paths and we want to celebrate and equally honor those individual paths.”
The adviser said right now is a great time to look at these routes because of the transition the country has seen in terms of a better, more efficient economy.
“The economy is booming,” Ivanka said. “There have been tax cuts, deregulation, and a climate of optimism has taken hold in our country because of the President’s leadership, along with the support of members of Congress.”
Trump said because of this revitalized, strong economy, “every American now has an opportunity.”
“Those who have been on the sidelines and those who are just now getting started in their careers are going to be our future leaders,” she said.
Ivanka complimented Morehead State and its ongoing efforts in terms of education and the progressive approach to workforce development.
“It’s remarkable what this school is doing. Keep up the great work,” she said. “Just know we are deeply motivated to ensure everyone has a chance to learn, grow, and get great jobs and this university is definitely doing their share.”
Trump concluded by asserting her next trip to Kentucky will be while she’s on vacation.
“This area is absolutely beautiful,” Ivanka said. “The next time I come back it’s going to be on holiday. It’s so beautiful, I don’t want to leave. These mountains are amazing. I can’t imagine it getting much better than this.”