In an interview with CNN Monday, Ivanka Trump fielded questions about President Trump and the White House, exhibiting resolve in the face of what she describes as a “viciousness” in the media against her father’s administration.
“It is hard,” she said responding to a question about the ongoing Russia investigation. “And there is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting. I was not expecting the intensity of this experience, but this isn’t supposed to be easy.”
“My father and this administration intends to be transformative, and we want to do big, bold things and we’re looking to change the status quo,” she added. “So I didn’t expect it to be easy. I think some of the distractions and some of the ferocity was – I was a little blindsided by on a personal level.”
In light of the acerbic attitude directed at the Trump administration, Ivanka Trump shared that she is doing her best to stay focused and to keep working.
“I’m trying to keep my head down,” she said, “not listen to the noise and just work really hard to make a positive impact in the lives of many people. At the end of the day, if you want to think about difficult, it’s the factory worker who’s been laid off. Difficult is the mother who lost a child to opioid abuse. So these are the real challenges and I think that does put it in perspective.”
To kick off the White House’s “workforce development week,” Trump made her first of two appearances on Fox News. The goal of the agenda is to highlight White House initiatives on vocational training and apprenticeships, as well as legislative priorities, like college affordability.
Trump also spoke about her husband Jared Kushner, whom she said loves his newly created job as Office of American Innovation, a role that explores modernizing government as well as foreign policy initiatives. Kushner planned and organized much of the President’s first foreign trip.
“I mean, talk about impact,” she said.
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