Richard Johnson: Ivanka Trump could be headed back into politics

Ivanka Trump could be headed back into politics if her father is reelected president.

The former first daughter said last year, “While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena.”

But now Trump is ahead in the polls and could end up back in the Oval Office.

The former president is said to be thrilled that wife Melania is on his campaign hosting fundraisers and is “ready to be first lady again,” one source said.

Trump has told supporters that he’s happy his children Eric, Don Jr. and Tiffany will all serve as Florida delegates to the Republican convention in Milwaukee this July.

Ivanka is now the only key family member who’s missing, and Trump is “keen to get her involved in any way he can,” said my source.

During his first term, Ivanka was the second-most-requested speaker after the president.

It’s said that her husband, Jared Kushner, might even be convinced to put his successful multibillion-dollar private equity firm in a blind trust if he were offered a top Cabinet position like secretary of state.


Noel Ashman, who gave up running nightclubs to produce movies, just returned from a trip to Israel, where he and 12 other Americans were embedded with the military on a visit to Gaza.

At an event hosted by Samantha Ettus, Ashman was accompanied by actor Billy McNamara, Kaya Jones of The Pussycat Dolls, and Jennifer Gilbert of “The Real Housewives of New York.”

Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who also attended, told them over dinner he knew the younger generation was “innovative and entrepreneurial,” but didn’t know “how tough they are and willing to sacrifice.”


Nicole Miller is well-traveled, but the fashion designer has never been to Albania.

Miller is heading there soon, she told me, with her friend Candace Bushnell, of “Sex and the City” fame.

The two were dinner guests at the 78th floor apartment of Robin Cofer, a ballerina who also designs bejeweled tiaras.

Other guests fed by chef Andrew Molen included TV Guide president Tony Frost, Ramona Singer of “The Real Housewives of New York,” skincare mogul Peter Thomas Roth, movie critic Bill McCuddy and Rebeca Herrero, editor of Art Bodega magazine.

Miller, who attended a Fashion Group International luncheon this week, had advice for would-be designers.

“You really need to get out there and make connections,” she said. “You can’t be designing in a back room and hope you get noticed. You have to be your own brand advocate.”


A surprise 75th birthday celebration for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel was held at Rao’s last week following his b-day concert at Madison Square Garden.

A group of about 30 surprised Joel at the famed Italian eatery around 11 p.m.

The event was organized by his wife, Alexis, and former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (the godfather of their two kids). Rounding out the group were Joel’s band and touring team.

The mood was light and music was sung — Billy Joel songs, of course — until about 2 a.m.


Elizabeth Hurley was directed by her son, Damian, in a sex scene in “Strictly Confidential” — but she kept her clothes on.

Damian told Devorah Rose in Social Life magazine that when he started making films as a child, “My mum once said to me, ‘If you are ever writing and directing a real movie, I’ll be in it.’ Which is a very easy thing to say to an 8-year-old.”

“There has been so much hoo-ha about these scenes,” Hurley said. “But actually there’s nothing gratuitous in it — no gratuitous nudity whatsoever — and I really appreciated that.”

Keeping it clean.


“The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies marked Jewish American Heritage Month by saying, “Money should never be an issue when it comes to educating students about the Holocaust.”

Nazi camp survivor Mark Schonwetter and his daughter Ann, who were the keynote speakers at the 36th Annual Teen Symposium on the Holocaust, share this philosophy with the Emmy winner.

“We are working with students to educate them about the past to create a better tomorrow,” said the 90-year-old who escaped the Nazis from Poland. He also announced that his Mark Schonwetter Education Foundation will be an official charity partner of the New York City Marathon.