In an interview with the Financial Times this Thursday, First Daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump rejected the notion that she holds any sway over her father as some reports citing inside sources have claimed.
“Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me,” she said. “That my presence in and of itself would carry so much weight with my father that he would abandon his core values and the agenda that the American people voted for when they elected him. It’s not going to happen. To those critics, shy of turning my father into a liberal, I’d be a failure to them.”
One example of the media’s contention that Ivanka has attempted to sway her father’s views is the Paris Climate Agreement. According to The Huffington Post, she organized 5 weeks of meetings to convince the President not to withdraw from the agreement. In the end, she wasn’t successful.
Senior advisor to the President says people shouldn't expect her to advise the President. https://t.co/0irT8eGZCv
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She also said that voicing dissent publicly would mean she’s not a team player.
At one point during the interview, her husband Jared Kushner said that Ivanka’s disagreements are shared in private.
“She tries to be supportive of her father and I think that she is able to both agree and disagree with him in private and share her feedback with him honestly and respectfully,” Kushner said. “She’s worked with him for a long time – longer than anyone else in the White House.”