Ivanka Trump, who vowed to be just “a daughter” to President Trump in the White House, says she’s taken on a more formal (and powerful) role because she wants to “be a force for good” and prove her father’s administration will be a success.
In her first TV sit-down interview since her father took office, Ivanka Trump talked to Gayle King of CBS This Morning on Tuesday. The full interview will air Wednesday on the morning show but a clip aired Tuesday on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.
Now that she’s taken a job as an assistant to her father, Ivanka Trump addressed critics who have said she and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, are “complicit” with President Trump. She said she doesn’t understand what that means.
“If being complicit is wanting to… be a force for good and to make a positive impact then I’m complicit,” she said. “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 am doing.
“I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but you know, 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.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 4, 2017
She also explained why she doesn’t publicly speak out on issues. “I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence,” Trump said. She said there are multiple ways to make her voice heard, and sometimes it’s quietly.
“So where I disagree with my father, he knows it, and I express myself with total candor,” she said. “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.”
The interview took place Tuesday afternoon at Ivanka Trump’s rented home in Washington, while her husband was visiting Iraq.
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SOURCE: USA Today – Maria Puente