Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Ivanka Trump needs to be more assertive in dealing with her father, President Donald Trump.
That according to a Sept. 7 interview with Ariana Davis of Refinery 29, as part of Clinton's publicity campaign for her memoir, "What Happened," which details her thoughts and experiences of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Regarding Ivanka, Davis asked, "Do you feel that she's complicit in the administration's actions, and should we be sympathetic for her?"
Clinton replied with scathing words for the president:
The way I look at it is that the person who has to be held responsible is Donald Trump. He is the president. He listens to who he listens to. He tweets and speaks out, makes common cause with white supremacists and neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klanners, takes away the protections that were granted to 800,000 Dreamers, and so many ways just trying to impose a political agenda that is turning the clock back, or attempting to do so, in ways that I find not only really repulsive, but wrong-headed, in terms of the kind of country we are. So, everyone associated with him: They're either on board with that or they're not. And if they're not, they need to be speaking out or leaving. But if they remain silent and just give lip service to contrary points of view, then they are part of his agenda and should be judged and held accountable for that.
But Ivanka defended her actions in a series of interviews and email correspondence conducted in July and August with The Financial Times, as noted by The Inquisitr.
"Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me," she insisted. "That my presence in and of itself would carry so much weight with my father that he would abandon his core values and the agenda that the American people voted for when they elected him. It's not going to happen. To those critics, shy of turning my father into a liberal, I'd be a failure to them."
She also defended herself against the notion she should speak out against administration policies that she disagrees with.
"To voice dissent publicly would mean I'm not part of the team. When you're part of a team, you're part of a team," she says. "That doesn't mean everyone in the White House has homogeneous views -- we don't, and I think that's good and healthy -- but that doesn't mean we're publicly undermining [each other] and this administration."