When the "Access Hollywood" recording surfaced of President Donald Trump talking about grabbing women by their genitals, Ivanka Trump reportedly urged her father to issue a full-fledged apology and then ran out of the room, crying.
The incident happened in October 2016, just one month before the maverick Republican candidate was elected president of the United States. According to The New York Times, Mr. Trump learned about the leaked tape from an aide while he was preparing for a debate. Once everyone heard the conversation, the billionaire businessman hesitantly said during a meeting in his office in Trump Tower that he would apologize if anybody took offense to his comments, according to the report.
At that point, those close to the campaign suggested that the president would need to do more than that to recover his image. Ivanka in particular passionately urged her father to make a public, profuse apology, but her father reportedly brushed it off. She then reportedly became visibly emotional, with her face red and tears in her eyes, as she ran out of the room.
The 35-year-old businesswoman, who has branded herself and her eponymous clothing line as empowering to women, has said on numerous occasions that she does not agree with her father on everything and occasionally voices her disagreements with him behind closed doors.
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"There are multiple ways to have your voice heard," Ivanka told CBS in early April, according to Politico. "In some cases, it’s through protest and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue on which you disagree with. Other times, it is quietly and directly and candidly. Where I disagree with my father, he knows it. And I express myself with total candor."
Ivanka, who now serves as an official unpaid adviser to the president, went on to state at the time that "most people will not actually know about" her disagreements with her father.
"If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I'm complicit," she added. "I don't know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I'm doing."
The first daughter told the press that she is still "at the early stages of learning how everything works" when it comes to politics but that she is becoming more and more "proactive" as she learns more, according to The Times.
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One thing that is not in flux, she said, is her interest in feminism and her loyalty toward helping her father's administration.
"I'm his daughter," she added of the president. "I've known him my entire life. He trusts me. I don't have a hidden agenda. I'm not looking to hit him to help myself."