Ivanka Trump appeared on Fox News in the early morning hours of June 12 to discuss various issues, including the Senate testimony of former FBI Director James Comey.
Comey's June 8 appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee was broadcast nationally by at least 12 television networks, reports The Washington Post.
During his dramatic remarks, Comey accused President Donald Trump of telling "lies, plain and simple." He said Trump fired him because of the FBI's investigation into alleged Russian collusion with his election campaign, and also accused the president of directing him to drop an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was subsequently fired.
Comey revealed that he was the source of a leak involving a memo regarding a conversation in which Trump allegedly asked him to drop the investigation of Flynn. Comey gave the memo to his friend, Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia University, who then turned it over to The New York Times.
"And my judgment was I needed to get that out in the public square so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter," Comey testified. "Didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. So I asked a close friend of mine to do it." The friend was subsequently revealed to be Richman.
In her Fox interview, the first daughter said that the president "felt very vindicated" by Comey's testimony. She declared that it corroborated her father's often-repeated insistence that he was not being personally investigated for any alleged Russia ties, and his assertion that Comey was the source of at least one of the administration's many leaks.
Overall, she expressed surprise at the level of hostility directed toward her father’s presidency. "There’s a level of viciousness that I was not expecting," she said. "I was not expecting the intensity of this experience. ... Some of the distractions and some of the ferocity, I was a little blindsided by on a personal level."
But she spent most of the interview covering her talking points, touting the Trump administration's plans to upgrade the skills of working Americans, and efforts at "trying to bridge the gap between skills and the jobs." She also praised her father's trip abroad to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Italy.
"Ultimately," she summarized, "we're really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump president."