White House adviser Ivanka Trump: ‘I try to stay out of politics’

Dylan Stableford
Senior Editor

Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, says she speaks up when she disagrees with her father on certain issues — but not when it comes to his tweeting.

“I try to stay out of politics,” Ivanka Trump told “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt in an interview that aired Monday morning. “His political instincts are phenomenal. He did something that no one could have imagined he’d be able to accomplish. There were very few who thought [he could win], early on. I feel blessed just being part of the ride from day one and before. But he did something pretty remarkable. But I don’t profess to be a political savant.”

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, played key roles in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and the pair moved their family from New York to Washington, D.C., to take up official posts in the White House.

“I advise my father on a plethora of things,” Ivanka Trump said. “He trusts me to be very candid with my opinions. I don’t have a hidden agenda.”

The first daughter — who reportedly clashed with President Trump over his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord — said that it’s natural she and her dad sometimes disagree.

“We’re two different human beings,” she said. “I think it’s normal to not have 100 percent aligned viewpoints on every issue. I don’t think anyone operates like that with a parent, or within the context of an administration, and I think that all different viewpoints being at the table is a positive thing. And I think one of the things that, in this country, we don’t have enough of, is dialogue.”

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Still, when asked what grade she’d give her father on his presidency so far, Ivanka Trump didn’t hesitate.

“Oh, an A, of course,” she said. “I’m slightly biased, but definitely an A.”

“I think he’s doing an unbelievable job,” Ivanka Trump explained. “And there are always naysayers — it’s much easier to criticize than it is to actually dive in and do and effect change and move the ball forward,” she added.

The “Fox & Friends” sit-down was the latest in a string of interviews the Trump family has granted to the Fox News morning show, which President Trump has called his favorite on cable news.

Late last week, Trump gave an interview to Earhardt during which the Fox host complimented the president on his suggestion there were secret tapes of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

“It was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings,” Earhardt told Trump a day after he announced no such tapes existed.

“Well, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that,” the president replied.

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