White House adviser Ivanka Trump stated during an interview that she felt surprised by the hostility that her father, President Donald Trump, received after assuming office.
On June 12, Ivanka sat down for an interview with Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
When Ivanka was asked how she was faring after arriving in Washington, D.C., she said that was taken aback by her father's critics.
"It is hard," Ivanka said. "There's a level of viciousness I was not expecting; I was not expecting the intensity of this experience."
Mr. Trump began his term with evenly-divided favorability. On Jan. 22, Gallup found that 45 percent of national adults approved of the president while an equal amount disapproved.
Since then, his job approval has steadily declined. On June 11, Gallup found that only 36 percent of national adults approved of his performance while 59 percent disapproved.
While Ivanka appeared surprised that a U.S. president would face intense criticism, she asserted that her father would accomplish great things.
"But this isn't supposed to be easy," Ivanka continued. "My father and his administration intends to be transformative, and want to do big, bold things."
The White House adviser concluded that she was surprised by the intensity of opposition against the Trump administration but worked to tune out the controversies.
"So I didn't expect it to be easy; I think some of the distractions and some of the ferocity I was a little blindsided by on a personal level," Ivanka said. "But I'm trying to keep my head down, not listen to the noise and just work really hard to make a positive impact in the lives of many people."
On April 12, a Morning Consult/Politico poll found that Ivanka was the most popular Trump administration official, with 46 percent of registered voters holding a favorable view of her while 36 percent viewed her unfavorably, The Hill reports.
Another poll indicated that while a majority of registered voters view Ivanka favorably, they also held reservations about her appointment to the White House.
On April 20, a Quinnipiac University survey found that 53 percent of voters thought Ivanka's appointment was inappropriate while only 36 percent of her government position.
Naomi Klein, a best-selling author and vocal critic of Mr. Trump, believes that the first daughter is a key asset to improve the president's image among voters.
"What Ivanka's brand has always done is sort of soften [Mr.] Trump's brand. ... This promise, this idea that Ivanka was going to soften [Mr. Trump] was part of his pitch on the campaign trail," Klein told Bustle.
The author asserted that critics of the president who still held a favorable view of Ivanka were "falling for marketing."