Politically strained

Chelsea Clinton discusses the state of her friendship with Ivanka Trump

Chelsea Clinton. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton’s longtime friendship with Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter, appears to have hit an impasse. In a Monday appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Clinton was asked about whether she and the current first daughter and White House adviser are still friends.

“I have not spoken to her in a long time,” Clinton told Colbert.

As recently as August 2016, during now-President Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s notoriously contentious race for the presidency, Ivanka had told Fox News that Chelsea was a “good friend,” and that the two communicated with each other privately and outside of the press. A week before that interview, Chelsea had also told NBC News that she and Ivanka were “absolutely” friends, even if they had “very different views on who we think should be our president and who would be best for the country.”

But after a year of President Trump, Ivanka’s prior progressive reputation has been marred by accusations of complicity in her father’s far-right policies, as she remained silent or even voiced support as her father attacked women’s rights issues that she had once pledged to fight for.

First daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Speaking with Colbert, Clinton said by serving in a Trump administration that she described as “the collision of cruelty and incompetence,” Ivanka must expect to face scrutiny over her father’s policies — and his behavior. As Clinton makes the rounds to promote her new book, She Persisted Around the World, she also told The View that she felt it had been fair for NBC News to ask Ivanka about the numerous accusations of sexual harassment and assault levied against President Trump. When asked, Ivanka had called the question “pretty inappropriate.”

“Anyone who works for the White House should be expected to answer any question about the White House,” said Clinton.

Watch video of Clinton’s appearance on the Late Show below.

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.


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