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Ivanka Trump Defends Father In New Interview

| by Jonathan Constante

First daughter Ivanka Trump has publicly addressed critics and says she is "complicit" with her father, President Donald Trump.

During an interview with CBS News, Ivanka defended her father against critics as well as her decision to be involved with his administration.

“If being complicit is wanting to ... be a force for good and to make a positive impact then I’m complicit," Ivanka said during the interview. "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 am doing."

"So I hope to make a positive impact," Ivanka continued. "I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and much more importantly that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be.”

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The interview is Ivanka's first since becoming Assistant to the president. She also defended her husband, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, against critics who felt he was inexperienced.

“So, you know a lot of people would say the same about how could somebody successfully win the presidency who had never been engaged in politics and my father did that and Jared was instrumental in helping his campaign succeed,” Ivanka explained. “So, you know Jared is incredibly smart, very talented, has enormous capacity. He is humble in the recognition of what he doesn’t know. And is tremendously secure in his ability to seek informed viewpoints.

"He has an amazing team that my father has built at the White House, and that he’s built that’s helping work on each of these initiatives. So you know the myth that he is operating in a silo is just that.”

When asked about why she isn't more vocal about issues surroundings topics such as Planned Parenthood, gay rights, and climate change, the first daughter said there are multiple ways to have a person's voice heard.

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“I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence,” Ivanka said. “In some case it’s through protest and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue in which you disagree with. Other times it is quietly, and directly, and candidly."

"So where I disagree with my father, he knows it, and I express myself with total candor," Ivanka added. "Where I agree, I fully lean in and support the agenda and hope that I can be an asset to him and make a positive impact. But I respect the fact that he always listens. It’s how he was in business. It’s how he is as president.”

Ivanka recently moved from New York City to be closer to the White House. She and her husband moved into a $5.5 million home in Washington, D.C., the day after her father was sworn into office, the Daily Mail reported.

The full interview will air on April 5 on "CBS This Morning."

Sources: CBS, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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