In an interview Tuesday with The New York Times, Ivanka Trump spoke of the intensity of her father’s candidacy, its effect on her, and her plan to become a more proactive voice in the White House.
During his campaign, then-candidate Trump often faced backlash for his positions on issues such as immigration, as well as for off-the-cuff remarks he would make and the leaked “Access Hollywood” tape.
When reflecting on the campaign and her father’s critics, Ivanka spoke about how life took a turn for her, stating, “Everything that was ascribed to him, suddenly, for my critics, became true of me.”
She continued, “Suddenly after my father declared his candidacy, it became that all the things that I was doing that I was praised for … the same people, the critics, viewed them through this different lens. Somehow, all the same things they applauded me for, as a millennial, as a female entrepreneur, were now viewed very cynically as opportunistic.”
Now, as first daughter and assistant to the president, critics ask why she does not publicly address her father’s controversial positions.
Ivanka stated that any missteps she’s taken are due to the big learning curve she faces in Washington and that she will eventually become a louder voice in the White House.
“I’m still at the early stages of learning how everything works, but I know enough now to be a much more proactive voice inside the White House.”
“I do believe that, in time, I’ll get to the right place,” she added. “In the short run, I’ll have missteps, and, in some cases, I’ll take shots that I could have avoided if I had publicly said what I think.”
“I’m really, really trying to learn.”
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