Ivanka Trump distanced herself from some of her father’s most controversial policies and strident rhetoric, saying she is “vehemently against” family separations and that journalists are not the enemy.
Speaking publicly for the first time since she shuttered her eponymous fashion brand last week, the first daughter and senior advisor to President Donald Trump took a decidedly different approach than her combative father to stress that the immigration crisis has caused her anxiety.
“That was a low point for me as well,” Trump, 36, told a conference organised by news website Axios, referring to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the stripping of thousands of children from their migrant parents.
“I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children, so I would agree with that sentiment.”
Ivanka’s position aligns with the opinion of everyday Americans, who polls show are largely opposed to the separations.
The immigration crisis, which swelled further when audio emerged of detained toddlers crying for their mothers, caused a firestorm and in June the president reversed course.
But as of last week’s deadline, 711 of the roughly 2,500 separated children were still not reunited with their parents, and officials were unable to clarify when they would see their family.
Trump also distanced herself from her father’s relentless condemnation of the media — attacks that have raised the levels of anti-press antagonism at his recent rallies.
While saying she had “sensitivity” about why some people who feel targeted have gripes with reporters, she said the name which the president has bestowed on them is misplaced.
“No, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people,” Ivanka said.
Her words came in stark contrast to those of the president hours later when he dubbed journalists “horrible, horrendous people” while speaking at a Pennsylvania rally.