“There’s a level of viciousness that I was not expecting,” she said, noting, “I was not expecting the intensity of this experience. But this isn’t supposed to be easy. My father, and this administration, expects to be transformative.”

Ivanka added that the extreme level of hate isn’t something she expected. “Some of the distractions and some of the ferocity, I was a little blindsided by on a personal level,” she said.

The First Daughter then went on to say that former FBI Director and admitted leaker James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was a wonderful thing. “My father felt very vindicated in all the statements that he’s been making and feels incredibly optimistic,” Ivanka said, adding, “[We’re] incredibly focused on the reason we all went to Washington and what we’re fighting for.”

Ivanka also discussed the Trump administration’s efforts to get more Americans back to work, pointing out that with six million available jobs in the U.S., the White House is “trying to bridge the gap between skills and the jobs.”

President Trump’s first foreign trip to countries all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and Italy was brought up, including the fact that Ivanka, a converted Jew, was particularly impressed after visiting Israel’s Western Wall. “Every day in this experience has been surreal, but that was truly an unbelievable moment,” she said.

She went on to dispel rumors that her husband, Jared Kushner, was part of the so-called Russian scandal, explaining that everyone on Team Trump is actively ignoring the news reports as they work towards fulfilling the President’s campaign promises.

“Ultimately,” said Ivanka, “we’re really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump president.”