Ivanka Trump sat down with Fox & Friends on Monday morning and it went exactly as we expected. Ivanka said she was surprised by the “viciousness” and “ferocity” of critics who have attempted to keep her father in check. She also claims that President Trump felt “very vindicated” by former FBI Director James Comey’s recent Senate testimony.
Ivanka is a senior adviser to her father’s administration, despite having no prior experience in the political arena. She did prove some of her political prowess, however, when she glided over controversial interview topics like a politician running for office.
“There’s a level of viciousness that I was not expecting,” Ivanka said. “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,” she added.
Ivanka admits that her father’s administration hasn’t been able to accomplish many of their goals because of the political leaders who are fighting against his sometimes illegal and oftentimes ill-conceived policies.
“Some of the distractions and some of the ferocity, I was a little blindsided by on a personal level,” Ivanka said.
Like her father, Ivanka believes Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday backed up much of what her dad had been telling the press. She pointed specifically to the fact that Trump was not being personally investigated for any alleged Russia ties and that Comey had orchestrated a leak to The New York Times on at least one occasion.
“My father felt very vindicated in all the statements that he’s been making and feels incredibly optimistic,” Ivanka said. “[We’re] incredibly focused on the reason we all went to Washington and what we’re fighting for.”
She then went into the typical political rhetoric about job creation. She noted that there are 6 million available jobs in the U.S., she said the White House was “trying to bridge the gap between skills and the jobs.”
Trump then praised her father’s first trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Italy. Ivanka converted to Judaism before she married Trump senior aide Jared Kushner and said on a personal level that she was proud of her father’s trip to the Western Wall.
“Every day in this experience has been surreal, but that was truly an unbelievable moment,” she said.
Ivanka says her father’s team is trying to avoid the news cycle, an outright lie given Trump’s constant tweets about news he reads on a daily basis.
“Ultimately,” she said, “we’re really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump president.”
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