Ivanka Trump gave an interview Wednesday morning with CBS. During the interview she talked about the campaign trail last fall and politics. When interviewer Gayle King asked if..”voters should get their Ivanka 2024 campaign signs out”. Ivanka quickly replied “No”, and called politics a “vicious business”. “Politics are a tough business” Ivanka went on to say. We won’t be expecting a Trump political dynasty anytime soon.
Most of the interview was spent talking about the criticism Ivanka received because she didn’t debate her father publicly on issues where his policies work against her positions.
“I think that for me this isn’t about promoting my viewpoints,” Ivanka said. Ivanka Trump was a major part of her father’s campaign and many people believe she is one of very few people he will listen to and take advice from. Initially she was not planning to take a formal role in her father’s administration, but she’s adapted an adviser role that is unpaid within the White House.
“I wasn’t elected by the American people to be president. My father is gonna do a tremendous job. And I want to help him do that. But I don’t think that it will make me a more effective advocate to constantly articulate every issue publicly where I disagree. … And that’s OK,” she said.
Ivanka believes that getting results is more important than being praised on social media for disagreeing with her father.
“That means that I’ll take hits from some critics who say that I should take to the street. And then other people will in the long-term respect where I get to. But I think most of the impact I have, over time most people will not actually know about.” Ivanka said.
She also said her and her father do not butt heads on every issue.
“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 hope that I can be an asset to him 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 said.
In the interview Ivanka also addressed critics remarks that she is “complicit” in her father’s policies.
“If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit. I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I’m doing,” she said. “I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and much more importantly, that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be.”
Ivanka also faces criticism over her husband, Jared Kushner, serving as an adviser to her father on foreign policy and heading the White House Office of American Innovation. The critics gush over Kushner’s lack of diplomatic or public sector experience.
Ivanka backs her husband and father with the same support. “So, you know 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,” She said.
“So, you know 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 seek informed viewpoints. He has an amazing team that my father has built at the White House, and that he’s built that’s helping work on each of these initiatives. So you know the myth that he is operating in a silo is just that,” she added.
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