Ivanka Trump kicked off the week with a rare television interview, sitting down with the hosts of ‘Fox & Friends’ to rave about the work her father’s administration is doing, dismiss his detractors and bemoan her new job working in the swamp.
Ivanka Trump said the president felt “very vindicated” by former FBI director James Comey’s testimony last week, in an interview with Fox News on Monday morning.
She also said her father is “incredibly optimistic” following the congressional testimony, in which Comey claimed Trump had directed him to shut down an investigation into a former senior White House official, and lied to smear Comey after he was fired.
Trump’s comments to Fox and Friends echoed those made by her father last Friday, when he said the testimony was a “total and complete vindication”.
It was a surprisingly blunt and candid chat, with Ivanka being asked at one point by host Brian Kilmeade if her new role as President Trump’s assistant was harder than she thought it would be at first.
‘It is hard. And there is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting,’ said Ivanka.
‘I was not expecting the intensity of this experience, but this isn’t supposed to be easy. My father’s administration intends to be transformative, and we want to do big, bold things. We’re looking to change the status quo.’
She then went on to say: ‘So, I didn’t expect it to be easy. I think some of the distractions and some of the ferocity I was a little blind-sided by on a personal level.’
Ivanka also explained that despite everything that is going on around her she is still managing to stay focused on the task at hand.
‘I’m trying to keep my head down, not listen to the noise and just work really hard to make a positive impact in the lives of many people,’ explained Ivanka.
‘I mean, if you want to at the end of the day if you want to think about difficult, it’s the factory worker who has been laid off. Difficult is, you know, the mother who has lost a child to opioid abuse.’
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