Ivanka Trump may keep an office in the White House and hold an official position within her father’s administration, but when it comes to politics, the first daughter said in an interview that aired Monday that she tries to stay out of President Donald Trump’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” in response to a question about her father’s oft-controversial Twitter habit. “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.”
While it was her father who was actually running for office, Ivanka Trump quickly became a key part last year’s presidential campaign, delivering a well-received keynote address at the Republican National Convention last July. And unlike her two adult brothers, who remained in Manhattan to take over the family business while their father moved into the White House, Ivanka Trump joined the president in Washington, moving to the district along with her husband Jared Kushner, who has also taken on a role as an adviser to the president.
Ivanka’s Trump’s official position within the White House is as a special assistant to the president, a job for which she is unpaid.
Formerly a registered Democrat in New York, she was unable to vote for her father in the state’s Republican primary last year. Among the topics on which she has worked, albeit unsuccessfully, thus far in her father’s administration has been climate change, a phenomenon that the president once labeled a hoax created by the Chinese.
More recently, Donald Trump opted to remove the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement negotiated by the administration of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, a decision he said he made in the interests of American businesses. Without delving into specifics, Ivanka Trump said she does not always see eye to eye with the president but that dialogue and differing viewpoints within the administration are 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.”