Ivanka Trump has been under serious scrutiny since her father was elected 45th president of the United States. While she initially said she was just going to be "a daughter" and not be involved in the administration, things have definitely changed. In her first TV interview since becoming assistant to the president, Ivanka sat down with Gayle King of CBS This Morning, where she opened up like never before — discussing her goals for her new role, the criticism she and husband Jared Kushner have faced for being "complicit," and what happens when she disagrees with her father, President Donald Trump.
Many have blamed Ivanka's lack of social media presence and her silence on social media regarding political issues on her being "complicit." Saturday Night Live even mocked her silence with a skit for a fragrance ad named Complicit, but Ivanka reasserts herself and her job in the recent interview. "If being complicit is wanting to, is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact then I'm complicit," she said. "I don't know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I am doing."
Ivanka added, "So I hope to make a positive impact. I don't know what it means to be complicit, but you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and much more importantly that my father's administration is the success that I know it will be."
Ivanka insisted that critics do not understand the rare position she is in and that her decision to not take to Twitter or make public statements does not mean that she doesn't have an opinion on the topic or that she doesn't care. "I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence," Ivanka said. "In some case it's through protest and it's through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue in which you disagree with. Other times it is quietly, and directly, and candidly."
She explained that she's never silent when it comes to disagreeing with her father, and anyone who even flipped on the TV during the 2016 presidential election knows that Donald Trump does not fare well with opposing views, but it's not the same when it comes to his daughter.
"Where I disagree with my father, he knows it, and I express myself with total candor," she explained. "Where I agree, I fully lean in and support the agenda and hope that I can be an asset to him and make a positive impact. But I respect the fact that he always listens. It's how he was in business. It's how he is as president."
Gayle pointed out that many news articles claim Ivanka and her husband, Jared, are "the moderating force in the White House" and that they will tell President Trump the "hard truths." Ivanka agreed and said that many of the people the president surrounds himself with, including herself and Jared, will be straight up about issues at hand. "But I think most of the impact I have, over time, most people will not actually know about," she revealed.
Check out the full transcript of Ivanka's interview with Gayle King here.