Ivanka Trump, who months ago stated her intention to be just “a daughter” to Donald Trump, has given her first television interview since being appointed to a formal White House position as “special assistant to the president”.
The first daughter toed a difficult line, seemingly embracing the role of policy “moderator” to her father, while at the same time telling CBS’s Gayle King: “I’m still my father’s daughter.”
“Where I disagree with my father, he knows it and I express myself with total candor. Where I agree, I fully lean in and support the agenda,” Trump said in the interview which aired on Wednesday.
She declined to offer any examples of issues or areas where she disagrees with her father, but asked viewers not to assume her silence – especially on social media – was equivalent to tacit agreement.
“I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence,” Trump said. “I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard … I don’t think that it will make me a more effective advocate to constantly articulate every issue publicly where I disagree.”
King raised Planned Parenthood, gay rights, women’s rights and climate change as issues where some might expect the younger Trump, who has called herself “absolutely” a feminist, to more publicly break with her father’s administration.
“We’re in a very unique time where noise equals, in a lot of people’s perception, advocacy. And I fundamentally disagree with that. I do think there’s a time for public denouncement … I also think there’s a time for discussion,” Trump said. “People who criticize me for not…
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