Ivanka Trump is often criticized for not being a more moderating force when it comes to her father, Donald Trump, and some of his more controversial policies as president. She sat down with CBS’ Gayle King and spoke about her changing role as First Daughter.
Ivanka said she is comfortable voicing her disagreements with her father, and that critics shouldn’t “conflate lack of public denouncement with silence” because there are “multiple ways to have your voice heard.”
“So where I disagree with my father, he knows it,” said Ivanka, “And I express myself with total candor.” She said Trump agrees with her on “so many issues” and that she thinks that there’s a time for public denouncement and a time for discussion. “You asked me about — about people who criticize me for not taking to social media on every single issue,” she said to King. “And I would ask them if that would render me more effective or less effective with the people ultimately making decisions?”
King pressed her to clarify an example of an issue she has stood up to her father about, but Ivanka deflected and said the American people didn’t elect her as president. She also addressed critics’ assertions that she and husband Jared Kushner are “complicit” by not denouncing Trump’s controversial policies, and offered up her own definition for the word.
King asked Ivanka to speak about why she changed her mind on taking an official role in her father’s White House. Ivanka said that she realized having “one foot in and one foot out” didn’t work. Once she was comfortable living in D.C. with her husband and children, she said she started to divest from numerous businesses so she could start to help her father.
“I’ll continue the advocacy work that I was doing in the private sector — advocating for the economic empowerment of women. I’m very focused on the role of education,” she said, adding that she plans to “weigh in with my father on the issues I feel strongly about.”
Moving on to the subject of Kushner’s role in the White House, King voiced what some critics of Kushner’s have been saying: “How can a person who has no military and political experience be involved on such a high level in this administration?”
“A lot of people would say the same about how could somebody successfully win the presidency who had never been engaged in politics? And my father did that, and Jared was instrumental in helping his campaign succeed,” responded Ivanka. “Jared is incredibly smart, very talented, has enormous capacity. He is humble in the recognition of what he doesn’t know, and is tremendously secure in his ability to — to seek informed viewpoints.”
Ivanka also said she has “no involvement” in the management of her Ivanka Trump brand and although the trustees she left her brand to are her family members (her brother-in-law and sister-in-law), she claims they are completely independent. She also asserted that she would be doing “far better” in her business if she stayed in New York and focused on it without placing restrictions on her team.
“So just practically speaking, if my interest was making money or growing my business, I would do far better to completely disengage and do exactly that,” said Ivanka.