Ivanka Trump: Here’s why I don’t speak out against my father

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Ivanka Trump is pushing back against people who criticize her for not publicly condemning President Trump’s caustic statements and controversial proposals.

“Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me,” Ivanka, first daughter and special White House adviser, said in an interview published Thursday in the Financial Times. “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.”

Both Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, also a senior White House adviser, have come under fire for not speaking out publicly against the president’s controversial statements and policies.

In an interview with Refinery 29 earlier this week, Hillary Clinton was asked whether Ivanka Trump is “complicit” in the administration’s actions.

Clinton said that while President Trump should ultimately be held responsible for trying to impose a political agenda that turns the clock back on American values, “everyone associated with him … they’re either on board with that, or they’re not.”

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