Ivanka Trump opened up about her father's presidential run in an interview with Town and Country
Trump defended her father against charges of sexism, saying he's "highly gender neutral"
Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump again defended her father amid accusations of sexism after his attacks against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and past jabs at Carly Fiorina and FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly.
“He 100% believes in equality of gender, so, yes, absolutely — socially, politically, and economically, confidence in women to do any job that a man can do, and my whole life has been proof of that,” the 34-year-old said in a cover story interview with Town and Country magazine, which will be out on newsstands January 5.
Trump, who is the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization, cites her own position and success as proof that her father is “highly gender-neutral” in his praise and criticism.
“Otherwise, I wouldn’t be where I am. If he didn’t feel that women were as competent as men, I would be relegated to some role subordinate to my brothers,” Trump said. “I think this is one of his great strengths: He fully prioritizes merit and accomplishment and skill and ability over background, education, and gender.”
Ivanka Trump, who told CNN in an October interview, “I’m a businessperson, not a politician, so I’ll leave politics to other members of the family,” said that as his daughter, “It would be a little strange” if she didn’t ever disagree with her dad.
“In a political capacity, I don’t. It’s his campaign. I don’t feel that’s my role. But I would challenge him as a child. That’s what children do,” Trump said. “(My daughter) Arabella challenges me every day. People ask me, do I ever disagree with my father? It would be a little strange if I didn’t.”
Asked whether she has ever considered running for public office, Trump said that while “It’s not something I’ve ever been inclined to do,” it “doesn’t mean that when I’m 50 I won’t have a change of heart.”
Trump is set to have her third child this spring and the Republican presidential front-runner will become an eight-time grandfather.