Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, may not be exactly happy about her father running for president, but she is proud of him and thinks he is making positive changes to the GOP race.
“So ‘happy’ is an interesting word. I’m incredibly proud of him,” Ivanka told moderator Pattie Sellers at Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women summit in Washington on Oct. 14 when asked whether she was happy about her father’s White House run, according to The Hill. “It’s a very difficult thing to do, and I see now just how difficult it is, and he’s achieved tremendous success.”
Ivanka added that her father is “not a politician. But he’s really changing the dialogue, and he’s really disrupting the process in a very positive way.”
What makes it a complicated decision on whether she is happy about her father’s candidacy is what comes along with it.
“…As a citizen, I love what he’s doing,” Ivanka said, but being his daughter makes it “obviously more complicated, because the level of interest and scrutiny is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced.”
Ivanka, the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at The Trump Organization, is not surprised that her father is the front-runner candidate.
“For a long time, politicians have been talking, but it’s been a lot of talk and not a lot of action. And I think he’s known for action,” Ivanka told Sellers. “He’s also unguarded in his opinions. He says what he’s thinking. So whether you disagree or you agree, I think people appreciate the candor.”
“Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, I think everyone can appreciate the fact that he’s created a dialogue around some very real issues facing this country,” she added.
The “unguarded opinions” and “candor” of Donald Trump, especially when it comes to his comments about women, have repeatedly landed him in controversial situations, of which Ivanka believes were driven by “sensationalism” and “orchestrated largely by the media.”
"Look, my father is very blunt. He's very direct. He is not gender specific in his criticism of people, and people that he doesn't particularly like or people that he does like but thinks they're wrong on a particular issue," Ivanka said in an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow (video below). "So I don't think that he's gender-targeted at all ... I wouldn't be the person I am today, I wouldn't be a high-level executive within his organization if he felt that way."
Michael Cohen from The Trump Organization told Harlow, prior to the interview, that the company employs 57 percent men and 43 percent women, but there are more female executives than men.
“He’s always supported and encouraged women, and truthfully, he’s proven that over decades through his employment practices, through his hiring practices,” Ivanka said.
When asked what women can expect from a Trump presidency, Ivanka said her father would be “amazing” for them.