Ivanka Trump Says NBC Question About Father’s Accusers Is “Inappropriate,” Journalists Weigh In
“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 that there’s no truth to it,” Ivanka said. “I don’t think that’s a question you would ask many other daughters.”
The comment was met with mixed responses from both journalists and politicians.
Kaitlan Collins, a CNN White House reporter, said that while she understands that the question would be uncomfortable to the daughter of someone accused of sexual misconduct, Ivanka is still a White House official, and any other official could be asked about the allegations.
“Sarah Sanders has certainly faced them at the briefings, so I don’t fathom how someone who holds the title of senior advisor and special assistant to the President — a role that many other people would love to fill — can say that she should not be asked about those allegations made against her father,” Collins said to Jake Tapper on CNN.
Tapper, CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent, pointed out that Ivanka did ultimately respond to the question, saying she believed her father.
Angela Rye, the former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, said she was interested by social media responses that said that no other daughter would be treated this way.
“We can’t continue to normalize this situation or this president,” Rye said. “No other president has been recorded saying things like, ‘I just kiss them, I can’t help it.’ I’m not gonna go there … this is different and so it requires a different response. You’re on record saying these things, so perhaps you forgot that your dad says he has this compulsive reaction — on the recording — to do these things to women, so I’m not sure what she believes or why, but there’s definitely evidence that supports something very different.”
Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain, spoke to her experience as the child of a politician and likened Ivanka to Chelsea Clinton.
“I will tell you that being the spouse or son or daughter of a politician is very tricky, because you either take on a surrogate role or you take on the son or daughter role,” McCain said on The View. “And when you decide to be a surrogate — which means you’re doing interviews with the press … you go on the campaign trail with them, you work in an official capacity as an extension of the political office that your parent represents — so Chelsea Clinton did that. She took a lot of heat because in 2008 … she refused to interview with a Scholastic reporter … and there’s a lot of criticism with Chelsea Clinton that she was sort of also playing both hats, so this has happened before.”
Clinton did not serve an official advisory role during her father, former President Bill Clinton’s, presidency, though she did help during her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s, 2016 Presidential campaign.
McCain pointed out that Ivanka is able to spin stories because she is both the daughter of and an advisor to the same person.
“What exacerbates me the most about this administration is that it is so evident that their children aren’t political-media trained,” McCain said. “They’re clearly media trained to protect a brand.”