In the interview with the Fox and Friends morning TV show, Ivanka Trump has criticized “the level of viciousness” her father has been subjected to.
President Trump’s daughter said that it went far beyond what she was expecting.
Ivanka Trump said that she had been left blindsided by the ferocity of some of the attacks leveled against the president.
President Trump is under intense scrutiny in the US, including over the Russia investigations and his business ties.
His daughter said that she felt “very vindicated” by James Comey’s recent Senate testimony, in which the former FBI director spoke about the probe into alleged links between the Trump election campaign and Moscow.
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Ivanka Trump said his evidence supported her father’s insistence that he was not being personally investigated, and that James Comey had on at least one occasion supplied a leak to The New York Times.
She said that while she was “not expecting the intensity of this experience”, she realized that the business of government “isn’t supposed to be easy”.
“My father and this administration intends to be transformative, and we want to do big, bold things,” Ivanka Trump said.
“With all the noise, with all the intensity of the media coverage… ultimately, we’re really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump as their president.”
Last week, President Trump’s son Eric told Fox News that he had “never seen hatred like this” and “morals have flown out the window”.
“They’re not even people,” he said as he described his father’s critics.
Ivanka Trump, like her husband Jared Kushner, is a special adviser to the president.
Fox News described her as “a political novice like her dad”, who had “glided past the more controversial interview topics like a seasoned vet”.
The Washington Post described it as a “largely friendly” interview, and noted that Ivanka Trump avoided answering two big questions about James Comey’s evidence and the work of her husband, “masterfully pivoting from an unfavorable subject to a better one”.
The New York Times also noted that Ivanka Trump dodged questions as to whether Jared Kushner had quarreled with other senior members of her father’s team.
Ivanka Trump is to have an office in the White House, her lawyer says.
However, President Donald Trump’s daughter will not have an official title or salary when she works in the West Wing – the hub of US executive power.
Ivanka Trump’s lawyer said she would have security clearance and access to classified information.
Her role will be to serve as Donald Trump’s “eyes and ears” while providing broad-ranging advice, her attorney told Politico.
Ivanka Trump said in a statement: “While there is no modern precedent for an adult child of the president, I will voluntarily follow all of the ethics rules placed on government employees.
“I will continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life.”
The 35-year-old, who owns a fashion brand, will be joining her husband Jared Kushner, who was sworn in as a senior adviser to President Trump.
After Jared Kushner’s appointment was announced, Ivanka Trump’s aides said she would not work for the administration and would instead focus on settling her family in Washington.
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First Lady Melania Trump has so far chosen to stay in New York with President Trump’s youngest son.
The couple’s political influence has raised questions about possible conflicts of interests.
Federal anti-nepotism laws bar relatives of the president from being appointed to government positions.
However, an exception was made for Jared Kushner after the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel cited the president’s “special hiring authority”.
Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told Associated Press: “Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not.”
However, some have criticized the decision to give her a White House position, even though she will have no actual job title.
Since the election Ivanka Trump has placed her fashion company’s interests in a trust, handing off day-to-day operations to her top executive.
Her brother-in-law and sister-in-law have been named trustees, the New York Times reports.
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