Ivanka Trump paid a surprise visit to a Miami charter school run by singer Pitbull on Tuesday, despite the performer’s history of publicly criticizing the president, previously calling him ‘a joke’.
Ivanka, the president’s eldest daughter and one of his senior White House advisers, stopped by the SLAM academy yesterday afternoon, which was opened in Little Havana by Pitbull just last year.
Meeting with several groups of students, Ivanka was accompanied on her trip by former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The first daughter later posted about the ‘great’ visit on Twitter, where she said she ‘met so many incredible students. Each of them are exceptional.
‘SLAM (and @pitbull) are giving them the opportunity to pursue their dreams and change the world!’
Ivanka Trump paid a surprise visit at a Miami charter school run by singer Pitbull (shown left) on Tuesday, despite the performer’s history of publicly criticising the President, previously calling him ‘a joke’
Ivanka, the president’s eldest daughter and one of his senior White House advisers, stopped by the SLAM academy yesterday afternoon and met with a group of students of the school, which was opened by Pitbull just last year
She was accompanied on her trip to the school, located in the Little Havana neighborhood, by former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (shown second from right)
The first group of students she met were part of the school’s Tech Team, a program where students help other students with technical support
She also met with the school’s nationally recognized dance team, the Sirens, who performed a hip-hop routine for her and Sanders.
‘Oh my gosh, you guys are amazing,’ Ivanka told them, according to the Herald. ‘I am exhausted just watching you.’
Pitbull, real name Armando Christian Perez, is registered to vote in Miami-Dade County as a no-party affiliate, according to county records.
He received a mail ballot last week but has not yet returned it, the Herald reported.
Pitbull also has not yet publicly spoken out about Ivanka’s visit to the school in the vital swing state of Florida. He is also still yet to publicly endorse either Biden or Trump for the 2020 bid.
The worldwide rapper has, in years gone by, however, been publicly critical of Trump.
Prior to the last election, in July 2016, Pitbull told reporters he would not be voting for Trump and characterized his campaign as a ‘joke’.
‘I think the [Trump] campaign is a joke to be honest with you. I think that it’s unfortunate the way we’re being viewed around the world due to some people’s approaches,’ the Cuban-American rapper said.
Pitbull’s comments on Trump came after a report in Vanity Fair magazine that the Miami-born rapper had met with the Republican nominee in Florida.
‘Am I supporting Donald Trump? No I am not supporting Donald Trump. You all know this already very well,’ said Pitbull.
Pitbull, real name Armando Christian Perez, is registered to vote in Miami-Dade County as a no-party affiliate, according to county records. He received a mail ballot last week but has not yet returned it
Ivanka met with the school’s nationally recognized dance team, the Sirens, who performed a hip-hop routine for her and Sanders
‘Oh my gosh, you guys are amazing,’ Ivanka told them, according to the Herald. ‘I am exhausted just watching you’
Also in Florida on Tuesday, was the president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, who campaigned for her father-in-law in Panama City Beach and Cocoa. Both Ivanka and Lara were stumping for Trump ahead of his visit to the state on Wednesday, with three rallies scheduled in Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and Vero Beach
Ivanka dressed for the occasion in a white button-down dress, complete with a stylish blue and white-striped facemask, with pearled studding
Just months later, in that October, during an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, Pitbull blasted Trump over lewd comments he’d previously made about women.
In response to Trump’s crass claims in a leaked 2005 audio recording that he could grab women ‘by the p****’ simply because he is a celebrity, Pitbull said celebrities do not act that way ‘in no way, shape or form.’
He then, quite frankly, called Trump’s comments ‘bulls***’, before delivering an X-rated joke about Trump’s sexual prowess.
Just over a year later, in October 2017, Pitbull criticized Trump and his response to a series of devastating hurricanes that ravaged through Puerto Rico, killing hundreds and cutting off electricity.
Mr. Worldwide said at the time he believed that Trump was showing his ‘true colors’, after the president warned the country in a tweet that federal aid won’t last ‘forever’.
‘His true colors are real simple,’ Pitbull told CNN. ‘It’s about money, it’s about power, and when you’re raised that way, it goes to show you what your true priorities are.’
Pitbull spoke out against Trump’s handling of Puerto Rico relief, including the president’s visit to the US territory a week prior to his appearance on CNN.
‘I couldn’t believe the way he just tossed paper towels at people like if you’re playing basketball,’ he said.
He added those types of actions send the wrong message to other countries, according to the rapper.
‘We’re setting the example for the world,’ he said. ‘If the States sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.’
Pitbull said he wasn’t going to dwell, however, and urged Americans to focus on solutions to put the country back on track.
‘It’s gonna take a little bit of time, but guys, let’s learn from this lesson,’ he said. ‘We all fall, [but] it’s how we get back up.’
Ivanka later spoke for thirty minutes in front of a crowd of around 800 at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in downtown Miami, adopting her father’s rhetoric to rebuke socialism and tout an economic comeback
Members of the crowd are seen standing up and cheering as Ivanka speaks on Tuesday
Black supporters of President Donald Trump pose for pictures with members of the Proud Boys and other Trump supporters who were waiting in line
Ivanka Trump, right, shares a Cuban coffee with former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, center, and Nicole Valls, left, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at Versailles Cuban restaurant in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami
Also in Florida on Tuesday, was the president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, who campaigned for her father-in-law in Panama City Beach and Cocoa.
Both Ivanka and Lara were stumping for Trump ahead of his visit to the state on Wednesday, with three rallies scheduled in Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and Vero Beach.
Ivanka later spoke for thirty minutes in front of a crowd of around 800 at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in downtown Miami, adopting her father’s rhetoric to admonish socialism and pledge a fierce economic comeback.
‘Today I bring a message from my father: America will never be a socialist country,’ she said. ‘America will always be the land of the free.’
She also compared her father’s stance to Biden’s over charter schools, referencing her earlier visit to SLAM.
‘We as a society have a duty to ensure that every child has the best chance to pursue their dreams, find their purpose and change the world,’ Ivanka said. ‘Joe Biden opposes school choice. And he’s pledged that if elected, charter schools will be, and I quote, “gone.”’
In closing, she urged the crowd to rise to their feet in support of law enforcement. The crowd obliged and a chorus of ‘back the blue’ soon echoed out.
Biden and Trump are currently running a neck-and-neck race in Florida, a state key in securing Trump’s victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016.
According to a final pre-election poll by Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Biden holds a slender 50 percent to 48 percent lead over Trump among likely Florida voters.
As of Tuesday morning, around 6.4 million Floridians had either voted by mail or cast ballots at an early-voting location.