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‘First whisperer’

Ivanka Trump seems to put forth ‘divergent viewpoint’ from that of her father’s on Syria refugee crisis

April 26, 2017

Appearing at the W20 Women’s Summit on Tuesday, Ivanka Trump faced boos and hisses from the crowd as she defended her father’s “advocacy” on behalf of women. But the women’s forum wasn’t the only venue in Germany that trained its fire at the first daughter during her highly-touted visit. The daily newspaper Berliner Zeitung questioned whether Trump will be a “loyal accomplice” in her father’s administration, according to a translation by CNN, or a “first whisperer” who nudges her father to adopt more moderate positions.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, given while she was in Germany, Trump responded to the paper’s characterization and said that she is tired of being called an “accomplice” to her father. “I don’t like the intonation of that,” Trump said, adding, that what she values about her father as president is that “he curates ideas and likes to hear from people with divergent viewpoints.”

Later in the interview, Trump seemed to present a divergent viewpoint of her own, compared with her father’s hard-line stance on immigration and the travel ban that aims to bar entry into the U.S. of refugees from Syria — which he’s twice tried and failed to implement — about whether Syrian refugees should be allowed into the U.S.

“I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening and we have to come together, and we have to solve it,” Trump said. Jackson then pressed Trump on whether that meant the U.S. should open its borders to Syrian refugees, similar to how Germany has. “That has to be part of the discussion, but that’s not going to be enough in and of itself,” Trump replied.

She also addressed speculation that Merkel was using her to establish a backchannel to the president, in order to gain greater influence with him and touched on her support of paid family leave.

Watch the interview below.

Read the full story at Today.


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