She occupies an office in the West Wing of the White House and holds an official position in President Trump’s administration. But the first daughter, Ivanka Trump, said that when it comes to politics she just tries to stay out of the president’s way.
“I try to stay out of politics. His political instincts are phenomenal. He did something that no one could have imagined he’d be able to accomplish,” the first daughter told Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” Ivanka spoke in response to a question about her father’s controversial Twitter habit. The first daughter continued, “I feel blessed just being part of the ride from day one and before. But he did something pretty remarkable. But I don’t profess to be a political savant.”
Ivanka Trump was a key part of last year’s presidential campaign from the beginning. She delivered a well-received keynote address at the Republican National Convention last July. While her two adult brothers maintained leadership positions in the family business in Manhattan, Ivanka joined the president in Washington D.C. when he took office. She and her husband, Jared Kushner, both began roles as adviser to the president.
The first daughter’s official position in the White House is as a special assistant to the president. She is unpaid for the job, at her request. Because Ivanka is a registered Democrat in New York, she was unable to vote for her father in the state’s Republican primary last year.
One of the areas where Ivanka has worked in her father’s administration is with climate change. President Trump once called this a “hoax” created by the Chinese. And recently, the president went against his daughter’s advice by pulling the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement negotiated by his predecessor’s administration. Trump said that his decision was made in the interests of business.
Ivanka did not go into specifics but clarified that she does not always see eye to eye with her father. She maintained that differing viewpoints within the administration was ultimately beneficial.
“So naturally, there are areas where there is disagreement. We’re two different human beings. I think it’s normal to not have 100 percent aligned viewpoints on every issue. I don’t think anyone operates like that with a parent, or within the context of an administration,” she said. “And I think that all different viewpoints being at the table is a positive thing. And I think one of the things that, in this country we don’t have enough of, is dialogue.”
What do you think about Ivanka’s statement that she “stays out of politics” when it comes to her role with the president? How do you think she is doing in her position in the White House?