Ivanka Trump explains why she doesn't publicly disagree with her father

USA Today Politics 2 months ago

For Ivanka Trump, working for her father means she's on his team. And that means she isn't going to dissent — at least openly.

"To voice dissent publicly would mean I'm not part of the team," the Trump daughter and adviser told the Financial Timesin an interview published Thursday. "When you're part of a team, you're part of a team. That doesn't mean everyone int he White House has homogenous 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."

Her latest comments were made public the same week that Hillary Clinton criticized Trump and other associates for giving the president "lip service."

"Everyone associated with him…they’re either on board with that, or they’re not. And if they’re not, they need to be speaking out or leaving," Clinton told Refinery29 in an interview for her memoir out this week.

Still, Trump's explanation for why she doesn't speak out appears to explain her own response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va. The day after the height of the violence, which led to the death of Heather Heyer, Trump condemned hate groups in a tweet and privately advised her father to take a firmer stance against white supremacists, which he did.

Then she left for a trip to Vermont and tuned out, according to the FT. While the president gave a now infamous press conference — in which he doubled down on his initial comments that left-wing counterprotesters were just as much to blame as white supremacists and white nationalists — Trump read a book.

"Anything we thought a few months back about how  she was going to be a moderating influence on (President) Trump has not come to fruition," presidential historian Douglas Brinkley told the FT. "If she's having a major policy influence, it's really being done in a subterranean fashion, because there are no clear signs of it."

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