A lot of virtual ink has been spilled on the question of whether Donald Trump has a “women problem” (just think about his very public feuds with Megyn Kelly or Carly Fiorina), so CNN decided to ask one of the most important women in the Republican frontrunner’s life how she felt about this. Ivanka Trump, his daughter and the executive vice president at the Trump Organization, argued that those controversies were spurred on by “sensationalism” and “orchestrated largely by the media.” She declared that her dad would be “amazing” and “incredible” for women in this country. “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. So I don’t think that he’s gender-targeted at al,.” she told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “Like I said, 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.” And when asked whether her friendship with Chelsea Clinton had been affected in any way by the presidential campaign, she said it hadn’t been an issue, as “the politics of our parents is not relevant to our friendship.” On the heels of the CNN interview, Politico published a profile of Ivanka describing The Donald’s daughter as “her father’s most influential adviser, his most powerful surrogate — and his total opposite.”
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