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."
"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.
"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".
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.
As the White House scrambles to deal with the fallout from the latest revelations about contact between Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia, there is said to be mounting that talk that his favoured advisor, Jared Kushner, may have to take a leave of absence.