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Ivanka Trump calls family separations a ‘low point in the White House’

Ivanka Trump, White House adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump, during an Axios360 News Shapers event August 2, 2018 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In an unusual break with her father’s administration, Ivanka Trump has described the policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border as a “low point” in her time at the White House, saying she was “vehemently against” the practice.

“I feel very strongly about that, and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children,” Trump told Axios co-founder Mike Allen, during an onstage interview in Washington D.C. on Thursday. “These are not easy issues, these are incredibly difficult issues and like the rest of the country, I experience them in a very emotional way.”

Ivanka has previously come under fire for the insensitivity of an ill-timed social media post, reveling in time spent with her 2-year-old son, at the same time widespread news reports detailed children being taken from their parents by U.S. border agents.

Ivanka also rejected the president’s rhetoric that the press is “the enemy of the people.” “I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I’ve had some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they’re sort of, feel targeted,” she said. “But no, I do not feel that the media is the ‘enemy of the people.’”

She also expressed regret that that paid family leave–an issue that will require bipartisan compromise in Congress to pass–will not happen during this session.

Read the full story at NBC News.

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