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Ivanka Trump: 'I Try To Stay Out Of Politics'

| by Michael Doherty

In a new interview with "Fox and Friends," President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, said that she does her best to avoid the political scene, despite her role as one of the president's senior advisers.

"I try to stay out of politics," the first daughter said when asked about her father's use of Twitter to communicate directly, rather than using traditional channels of presidential communication, according to The Guardian.

"His political instincts are phenomenal," added the businesswoman and mother of three. "He did something that no one could have imagined he'd be able to accomplish.

"I feel blessed just being part of the ride from day one and before," she said. "But he did something pretty remarkable. I don't profess to be a political savant so I leave the politics to other people and really lean into the issues that I care deeply about."

When asked to grade her father's performance as president, Ivanka admitted she was "slightly biased" but said it was "an A, of course," according to CNN.

During the interview, Ivanka said that she disagrees with her father on certain issues, but tried to focus on their common ground.

"I'm more interested in being for something than against something, so naturally, there are areas where there's disagreement," said the first daughter. "We're two different human beings, so I like to focus instead on areas where I can add positive value, where I can contribute to the agenda."

Ivanka's statement that she tries to stay out of politics comes a few months after she made her job in the White House official. In March, Ivanka announced that she would switch her informal role to an official one as an unpaid employee in the West Wing.

"I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules," said Ivanka in a statement, "and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees."

"Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role," she added.

One of the president's sons, Eric Trump, even said that he believed his father had been influenced by Ivanka when he made the decision to carry out an air strike in Syria, NBC reports.

"Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence," Eric told a newspaper. "I'm sure she said, 'Listen, this is horrible stuff.' My father will act in times like that."

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