The Left has been criticizing Ivanka Trump for not speaking out against her own father. Ever since the violence in Charlottesville, they've been calling on her to publicly condemn his statements.
Ivanka is finally explaining her reasoning. In an interview with the Financial Times, she revealed why, and it made perfect sense.
“To voice dissent publicly would mean I’m not part of the team,” she said. “When you’re part of a team, you’re part of a team. That doesn’t mean everyone in the White House has homogeneous views—we don’t, and I think that’s good and healthy—but that doesn’t mean we’re publicly undermining [each other] and this administration.”
Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton criticized Ivanka in an interview with Refinery 29. When asked if she believed Ivanka was "complicit" because hadn't spoken against the administration's actions, Clinton replied in the affirmative, saying "everyone associated with him … They’re either on board with that, or they’re not.”
She continued, “And if they’re not, they need to be speaking out or leaving,” the former Democratic nominee added. “But if they remain silent and just give lip service to contrary points of views, then they are part of his agenda and should be judged and held accountable for that.”
But Ivanka doesn't think Clinton's criticisms are fair. She's present in the White House as a special advisor, but that doesn't mean her presence is going to transform the president's policies.
“Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me,” said Ivanka. “That my presence in and of itself would carry so much weight with my father that he would abandon his core values and the agenda that the American people voted for when they elected him. It’s not going to happen. To those critics, shy of turning my father into a liberal, I’d be a failure to them.”
Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband of eight years, joined his wife in the interview. He told the Financial Times that she “tries to be supportive of her father, and I think that she is able to both agree and disagree with him in private and share her feedback with him honestly and respectfully.”
Kushner doesn't seem concerned about whether he and his wife look good to the Left. Instead, he's concerned that they help the president achieve his policy goals.
“We know at the end of the day we will judge our experience based on the results,” Kushner said. “We are not going to look back when this thing is over and say, ‘Oh, there’s a bad story’ or ‘We had a bad meeting with that person.’ We’re going to look back and say, ‘Did we achieve our goals?‘”
Ivanka is equally unconcerned. She concluded her interview by saying, “Whether my contribution ultimately lives up to the expectations of some of the harshest critics? Only time will tell. But I will not be distracted by the noise.”
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