Ivanka, dubbed the First Daughter due to her unprecedented position in the White House, is a senior adviser to the President, as is her husband Jared Kushner. She has long been seen as the calmer, more reasonable Trump, who acts as a balance to her abrasive, headstrong father. However, she has been criticised for not speaking out against some of President Trump’s more extreme policies and rhetoric.
In an interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King in 2017, she was confronted on why she never speaks out and why no one really knows what her views are on issues like climate change or Planned Parenthood.
Ms King asked Ivanka how she would respond to her critics who hold her personally accountable for the actions of the administration, because she works within it and never speaks out against it.
She said: “I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence.
“I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard; in some cases it’s through protests and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue in which you disagree with.
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“And other times it’s quietly and directly and candidly.
“So where I disagree with my father he knows it and I express myself with total candour.
“And 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 and it’s how he is as President.”
Ivanka Trump on CBS This Morning
One of the issues that Ivanka is alleged to have lobbied her father on is the treatment of migrants at the US-Mexico border, including the separation of families and children being kept in cages.
She even once publicly disagreed with him, admitting that she doesn’t think the media are the “enemies of the people”.
However, public statements like this are extremely rare for Ivanka, because she prefers to keep such disagreements a private matter.
In an interview with ABC in 2018, Ivanka again insisted she often disagrees with her father, but just never says so publicly.
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Ivanka Trump said she is very candid with her father about what she thinks
She said: “He’s my father and he’s my boss and one of the reasons that we have such a good relationship with him is that I am incredibly candid with him.”
Asked whether that means she sometimes disagrees, she said: “Oh, frequently. And he knows it. He knows exactly where I stand on any issue.”
Ivanka’s influence over her father may be more significant that many people realise.
According to the 2019 book ‘Kushner Inc’, a number of Mr Trump’s advisers were concerned about Ivanka entering the administration, because her father found it difficult to say no to her.
However, in the end they decided her ability to reason with him could be more helpful than a detriment.
Author Vicky Ward wrote: “The difficulty, it was clear to [Michael] Cohen, was that Trump hated telling Ivanka ‘no’.”
However, Steve Bannon apparently argued: “I think we might need [Ivanka and Jared].
“Our craziest moments of the campaign, the really craziest moments, even Hope [Hicks] can’t get to [Trump].
Steve Bannon argued Ivanka and Jared are the only ones who can “talk [Trump] down from the ledge”
“Only Jared and Ivanka can talk him down off the ledge. We’re going to have many of those.
“We’re going to need Jared to be able to talk to him like a son-in-law with Ivanka. I think we need that.”
However, because Ivanka chooses to keep these disagreements between her and her father, it remains unclear from the outside whether she is speaking against his most extreme policies or not, potentially leaving her open to future criticism.
‘Kushner Inc. Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’ was written in 2019 by Vicky Ward and published by St Martin’s Press. It is available here.