Monday 24 July 2017

Ivanka Trump said she was 'blindsided by viciousness' of criticism directed at her family

Ivanka Trump attends U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy and policy forum with chief executives of major U.S. companies at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
Ivanka Trump attends U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy and policy forum with chief executives of major U.S. companies at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband senior adviser Jared Kushner walk along the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., as they accompanied U.S. President Donald Trump before his departure to New York May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Justin Trudeau. Image: Ivanka Trump/Twitter
Ivanka Trump
US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, attend a joint news conference with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington
Ivanka Trump, daughter and assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, walks with her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, on the South Lawn prior to their departure from the White House May 19, 2017 in Washington, DC
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Ivanka Trump has hit out at critics of her father Donald Trump, claiming she was "blindsided" by the "level of viciousness" her family has experienced since he was elected president.

The first daughter, who bypassed federal nepotism laws to be appointed in an unofficial capacity as a White House adviser, said she was not prepared for the level of criticism the Trumps have faced since he was elected in November 2016.

"It is hard and there is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting," she told Fox & Friends.

"I was not expecting the intensity of this experience. But this isn't supposed to be easy. My father, and this administration, expects to be transformative."

U.S. President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump walk toward Marine One while departing from the White House, on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is making an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force base in Delaware to pay his respects to Chief Special Warfare Operator William
U.S. President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump walk toward Marine One while departing from the White House, on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is making an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force base in Delaware to pay his respects to Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed during a raid in Yemen. Owens is the first active military service member to die in combat during Trump's presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

"I think some of the distraction and some of the ferocity I was a little blindsided by on a personal level. But for me, I'm trying to keep my head down, not listen to the noise and just work really hard to make a positive impact in the lives of many people."

It was confirmed in May that Ivanka's husband Jared Kushner is the focus of the ongoing FBI investigation into possible collusion between members of Trump's team and Russia. It was then reported that Mr Kushner had last year asked the Russian Ambassador to the US to establish a secret back channel using Russia’s communication systems to enable the Trump transition team to talk to Moscow.

During a US Senate hearing with former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired last month, Comey said

When Ivanka was asked about her thoughts on the recent Senate hearing where abruptly-fired FBI director James Comey testified about the investigation, she replied: "My father felt very vindicated in all the statements that he has been making and feels incredibly optimistic.

Ivanka Trump, daughter and assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, walks with her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, on the South Lawn prior to their departure from the White House May 19, 2017 in Washington, DC
Ivanka Trump, daughter and assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, walks with her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, on the South Lawn prior to their departure from the White House May 19, 2017 in Washington, DC

"We are really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump as their president."

The mother-of-three went on to speak about opioid abuse and creating factory jobs, cleverly bypassing giving any definitive answers on any topic.

"There is a 24-hour news cycle that gets fed by and is encouraged by lots of salacious details. At the end of the day, we are all focused on the work, and that's very true for Jared. He is somebody who just likes to get things done. So, he doesn't get involved in all that," she explained.

Ivanka hasn't been personally exempt to criticism: it was alleged some of the materials produced for her eponymous fashion line are manufactured in Chinese factory where workers are paid $1 an hour and during the W20 Summit in Berlin in April, she was booed for calling her father a "champion of women".

US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka
US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka

She has also been accused of being out of touch - during the airport commotion back in January during Trump's so-called 'Muslim Ban', she shared a picture of herself in a $5k Carolina Herrera dress on Instagram and for Memorial Day weekend last month, she suggested followers try DIY champagne popsicles.

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