Donald, Ivanka Trump Slammed by Girls Who Code Founder

Reshma Saujani was already appalled by the positions Donald Trump espoused when he was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. But for a few short days after he entered the White House, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code believed it was worth working with the Trump administration despite seemingly insurmountable differences.

That all changed when he signed the first version of a “Muslim ban” he’d promised on the campaign trail, blocking Syrian refugees from entering the country and temporarily banning entry to people traveling from seven Muslim-majority countries. That action cemented her belief that the Trump administration was not a worthy partner, and moreover, that it should be shunned. Saujani described why in an elegant op-ed published by The New York Times on Thursday.

“I do not believe this initiative—nor any partnership with this White House—can reverse the harm this administration has already done in attempting to legitimize intolerance,” she wrote in “The Case for Shunning the White House,” explaining why she rejected Ivanka Trump’s invitation for Girls Who Code to participate in a computer science education initiative. “Indeed, collaborating with this administration, on any issue, emboldens it only further.”

Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code accepts the Diversity Advocate Award onstage at the 34th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City on September 27. The next day, an op-ed she penned was published in The New York Times in which she explains why she rejected an invitation from Ivanka Trump and believes leader should shun the Trump administration. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for The Walter Kaitz Foundation

Saujani—a lawyer and politician who served as the deputy public advocate in New York City and ran for the public advocate position as well as for Congress—founded Girls Who Code in 2012. The nonprofit organization’s…

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