Looks like Ivanka Trump is delivering on her promise to leave her designing past behind her and throw herself fully into politics. Thursday she appeared at an Axios360 News Shapers event in Washington to speak on “workforce development” and “the news of the day.” The senior White House adviser commented on a range of topics, sometimes toeing the party line and other times breaking slightly with her father’s controversial rhetoric.
When asked to define a “high point and a low point” from her tenure as a White House adviser so far, Ivanka said that everyday has a high point — “It’s the White House and it’s incredibly special” — but specified that seeing Alice Johnson pardoned by President Donald Trump was a special moment for her.
Ivanka was then asked if she would define the Trump administration’s enforcement of an immigration policy separating thousands of children from their parents in May and June as her “low point” and she agreed that it was a dark moment (while maintaining that immigration is a tricky subject).
“That was a low point for me as well,” she said, “I feel very strongly about that and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children.” She then added a little caveat to that.
“Immigration is very complex as a topic,” she said,”Illegal immigration is incredibly complicated. I am the daughter of an immigrant — my mother grew up in communist Czech Republic — but we’re a country of laws, so she came to this country legally and we have to be very careful about incentivizing behaviour that puts children at risk.”
— Axios (@axios) August 2, 2018
Ivanka has been widely criticized for the statement she put out after Donald Trump had already altered his government’s enforcement of the separation policy in response to the public outrage. While reports said that she privately opposed the move, she didn’t speak publicly on it and many news commentators assumed that she did not play a major role in the president’s decision to end the separations.
The senior adviser was also questioned on her father’s war with the press. At a rally earlier in the week (and all the time basically), Trump had called the press “the enemy of the people.” When asked if she agreed with her father’s assessment, Ivanka answered “No, I do not.” She added that while she’s been the subject of inaccurate reporting numerous times, the media is ultimately no one’s enemy.
“I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they’re sort of targeted,” she said, “But no, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people.”
“No. I do not.” Ivanka Trump said in response to being asked if she thinks that the media is the enemy of the people. She also said the crisis over family separations at the border impacted her personally in a new interview. pic.twitter.com/Zul4sz3GPe
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 3, 2018
And of course her father weighed in as well. Apparently the whole press isn’t the enemy of the people, it’s just the “FAKE NEWS which is a large percentage of the media.”
They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2018
Will the madness ever end?