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Ivanka Trump On Whether She'll Become A Politician

| by Lauren Briggs

Since Ivanka Trump moved with her family to Washington D.C. and became an official advisor to her father, President Donald Trump, people have speculated over whether or not the former fashion designer will run for office. In an interview that aired June 27, the 35-year-old businesswoman sought to quell those questions once and for all.

"I don't think politics is in my future," Ivanka told "FOX & Friends," according to the Daily Mail.

Though working as an unpaid government official, Ivanka said that she nonetheless tries "to stay out of politics" and instead relies on her father's "political instincts," which she called "phenomenal."

"You know, I'm really not a very political person, and that sounds like a strange thing to say, but I really am sort of an idealist," Ivanka explained. "I care about the issues, and I care about solutions, and I actually try to avoid getting drawn into politics. … I care more about the country than politics."

The former model has been fielding questions about a potential presidential or vice presidential run since her father burst onto the political stage to campaign for the 2016 election.

"I appreciate very much the platform and the ability to impact and create change at the highest level," Ivanka said in August 2016, amid questions that she might follow in her father's footsteps, according to The Hill. "There are certain issues I'm so deeply passionate about, as a woman in the workforce. … But running for office is not something I want to be doing."

Since starting her new job in the White House, Ivanka said that she would give her father an "A" grade for his first few months in the Oval Office, though she admitted with a smile that she is "slightly biased," notes the Daily Mail.

"There's always naysayers," she added of those who might grade her father and herself a little more harshly. "And it's much easier to criticize than it is to actually dive in and do and affect change and move the ball forward."

Though her stances on a number of issues differ from those of her father, she called it "a positive thing" to have a number of "different viewpoints" to open up a dialogue within the executive branch.

"Naturally, there are areas where there is disagreement," she said. "We're two different human beings. I think it's normal to not have 100 percent aligned viewpoints on every issue. I don't think anyone operates like that with a parent, or within the context of an administration."

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