Ivanka Trump sets the record straight on “complicity”

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In an interview on CBS Wednesday, Ivanka Trump took the time to address criticisms about her being “complicit.”

According to Ivanka, she does not publicly criticize her father, President Trump, when they are in disagreement.

Ivanka told host Gayle King that she thinks this would make her less effective with “the people ultimately making decisions.”

In her response, Ivanka shunned the idea that she is merely complicit in her father’s actions:

“I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence. I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard. In some cases, it’s through protest and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue on which you disagree with. Other times, it is quietly and directly and candidly.

So, where I disagree with my father, he knows it. And I express myself with total candor. Where I agree, I fully lean in and support the agenda and … and hope that I can be an asset to him and … and make a positive impact. But I respect the fact that he always listens. It’s how he was in business. It’s how he is as president.”

She further added:

“The issues in this country are so big and the problems are enormously complicated, but I am incredibly confident in my father to be able to execute on his promise to people who elected him. We live in a very polarizing time. This predates my father. I think the election highlighted for people just how divided this country was.

I do think there’s a time for public denouncement, but I also think there’s a time for discussion. And so you asked me about people who criticize me for not taking to social media on every single issue, and I would ask them if that would render me more effective or less effective with the people ultimately making decisions.”

Ivanka then reminded King and viewers that her father is the president, and not her:

“For me this isn’t about promoting my viewpoints. I wasn’t elected by the American people to be president. I don’t think it will make me a more effective advocate to articulate every issue publicly. I’ll take hits from some critics, and then other people in the long term will respect the things I’ve done.

I had to determine that my husband and I, we both wanted to be in D.C., that it was viable to move our children, that they would be happy in the new environment. After I decided I wanted to try, I needed to divest with numerous businesses. So did my husband. I wanted to understand where I could be an asset to the administration. About how I could help my father and, ultimately, the country.”

Video segments of the interview can be viewed below:

H/T: The Daily Caller

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