Fake News: Ivanka Trump Is NOT Being Fired From The White House

Fact Check

  • by: Maarten Schenk

Rumors that First Daughter and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump has been fired from the White House are not true. There has been no official statement to that effect from the Trump administration and no reputable White House correspondents have reported it.

The story originated with an article titled "BREAKING: Ivanka Trump Is Finally Being FIRED From The White House -- And It Has Trump In A RAMPAGE!" (archived here) which was published on a site named RealTimePolitics under the domain name politicsdepot.com. The fake story opened:

White House chief of staff John Kelly is reportedly furious with first daughter Ivanka Trump's job performance within the administration, according to a recent report by CNN.

Sources revealed to the news network that Kelly thinks that Trump has failed to have an objective perspective on the first daughter and senior adviser to the president.

Kelly has reportedly explained to others privately that the first daughter is "playing government," while branding her child tax credit as "a pet project."

The article doesn't even mention firing Ivanka Trump except in the headline. The rest of the article seems to be copy pasted together from this CNN article which quotes various White House officials criticizing Ivanka's job performance but which doesn't speak of firing her. There is no mention of the Trump "rampage" either.


The site "Real Time Politics" seems to be part of a network of identical sites all publishing the same content but under different domain names:

  • clearreporter.com
  • fullreporter.com
  • grouppolitical.com
  • onlineliberal.com
  • politicsdepot.com
  • politicsfinder.com
  • politicstrack.com
  • quickpolitical.com
  • realtimepolitics.com
  • uppolitical.com
  • zippolitics.com

All of them were registered anonymously and they were all launched between late 2017 and early 2018. It seems to be linked through an Adsense account with The Political Voice (thepoliticalvoice.com), another site with dozens of identical clones under different domain names.

In all likelyhood this is a tactic adopted by many fake news sites to evade bans from social media networks like Twitter or Facebook: as soon as one domain name is blocked, banned or suppressed for breaching the Terms of Service (on copyright, spamming, abuse... grounds) they can instantly switch to a new one.

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  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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