First daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump said in an interview aired Monday morning that she believes her father’s denials of the accusations of sexual misconduct against him, and added that it’s not appropriate to even ask her about such a topic.
“I believe my father,” she told NBC News. “I know my father. So I think I have that right as a daughter to believe my father.” President Donald Trump has been accused of various forms of sexual misconduct by at least 19 women. He has denied all of the claims against him and even suggested that women have been paid to make the accusations.
Ivanka also took issue with the very nature of the question. “I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated there’s no truth to it,” she told NBC’s Peter Alexander.
But on social media, many criticized that logic, pointing out that she hides behind being the president’s daughter when it’s convenient to do so.
“Do you believe your father’s [sexual misconduct] accusers?” –@PeterAlexander
“I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated there’s no truth to it.” –@IvankaTrump pic.twitter.com/23AVPgcOdE
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 26, 2018
-Should the president's daughter be handling diplomacy in South Korea?
"She's not just his daughter, she's a senior White House adviser"
-Did the president commit sexual misconduct?
"How dare you ask that of the president's daughter" https://t.co/2d6lWARVaV
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 26, 2018
um. a daughter who is also a senior adviser to the President of the United States, and whose portfolio purview includes women's issues like helping female business owners, working women, families, etc. https://t.co/wEevYgKYVE
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) February 26, 2018
So can we finally dispense with the entirely made up notion that the purpose of having @IvankaTrump there is to influence her father in a more humane direction? She’s there just like the rest of them. https://t.co/NBWvNbpeTI
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 26, 2018
The interview touched on a number of other topics, including her father’s incendiary suggestion in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida that some teachers should be armed with guns as a way to deter shootings — or fight back during them. Ivanka, it seems, isn’t so convinced that arming teachers is the best answer.
“To be honest, I don’t know,” Trump said. “Obviously, there would have to be an incredibly high standard for who would be able to bear arms in our school. But I think there is no one solution for creating safety.”
WATCH: Ivanka Trump comments on the president’s suggestion to arm teachers in schools, telling @PeterAlexander it ‘needs to be discussed.'
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) February 25, 2018
Ivanka discussed several other issues as well, including Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the comparison that has been drawn between her and Kim Yo Jong, who has been described as “North Korea’s Ivanka.”
Read the full story at NBC News.