Ivanka Trump says she will only talk about policy when she thinks the same thing as her dad

  • First daughter and White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump says she doesn’t feel she should share her opinions publicly when they diverge from her father’s.
  • ABC News asked her why she did not speak out against President Donald Trump’s policy to separate thousands of migrant children from their parents, after CNN reported last year that she had opposed it behind closed doors.
  • Trump said it is not her job “to share my viewpoint when they diverge.”
  • She has defended her father’s policies multiple times in the past, and told ABC news that she only considers speaking out publicly when she is not listened to behind closed doors. 

First daughter and White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump said she feels she should only speak publicly about the Trump administration’s policies when she agrees with her father.

In an interview with ABC News published on Friday, Trump was asked why she didn’t speak out against President Donald Trump’s family-separation policy, which saw thousands of children being separated from their families at the US-Mexico border. 

She had opposed the policy behind closed doors when it was still ongoing, CNN reported. President Trump later signed an executive order to end it last June.

When asked why she didn’t speak out at the time, Ivanka Trump told ABC News that it is not her job “to share my viewpoint when they diverge.”

She only openly spoke out against the policy after her father signed the bill to end the practise.

She tweeted immediately after the president signed the executive order, thanking her father and saying that ending the practice was “critical.”

Two months later, she described the policy as a “low point” of her White House tenure.

ProPublica reported in December that family separations were still taking place even after Trump’s bill to end them.

Ivanka Trump has publicly defended a number of her father’s most unpopular policies in the past, including his attitude towards women or the use of tear gas against migrants at the US-Mexico border.

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(From L) Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump and Tiffany Trump arrive to attend the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

(L-R) Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Tiffany Trump applaud during the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, center, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, right, listen during a State of the Union address by U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump cast his fight against illegal migration to the U.S. as a moral struggle, and charged in his second State of the Union address that partisan investigations threaten economic progress under his administration. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump arrives to attend the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 05: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Melania Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Tiffany Trump look on during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump’s second State of the Union address was postponed one week due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Alice Johnson, special guest of U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, reacts as President Trump, not pictured, acknowledges her during a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. At right are Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump.President Donald Trump cast his fight against illegal migration to the U.S. as a moral struggle, and charged in his second State of the Union address that partisan investigations threaten economic progress under his administration. Photographer: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, center, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, right, listen during a State of the Union address by U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump cast his fight against illegal migration to the U.S. as a moral struggle, and charged in his second State of the Union address that partisan investigations threaten economic progress under his administration. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, center left, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, center right, listen during a State of the Union address by U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump cast his fight against illegal migration to the U.S. as a moral struggle, and charged in his second State of the Union address that partisan investigations threaten economic progress under his administration. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

(L-R) Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Tiffany Trump applaud during the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, center left, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, center right, listen during a State of the Union address by U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump cast his fight against illegal migration to the U.S. as a moral struggle, and charged in his second State of the Union address that partisan investigations threaten economic progress under his administration. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ivanka Trump (C-R) and husband Jared Kushner (C-L) along with special guests of the President are seen ahead of US President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 05: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Tiffany Trump look on during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump’s second State of the Union address was postponed one week due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 05: Members of the Trump family, including Ivanka Trump, center, and Jared Kushner, left, ahead of the State of the Union address before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 5: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, and Eric Trump attend the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Building on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump’s second State of the Union address was postponed one week due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 05: Alice Johnson, special guest of President Trump, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Lara Trump attend the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump’s second State of the Union address was postponed one week due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 05: Alice Johnson (C), special guest of President Trump, with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump’s second State of the Union address was postponed one week due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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But she has also broken with his stances in a few instances, including telling Axios in August 2018 that does “not feel that the media is the enemy of the people” and calling his comments on the Access Hollywood Tape “clearly inappropriate and offensive.

“I think that when you hear me start to speak publicly on an issue that’s active, it’s because my voice isn’t being heard privately,” she told ABC News.

She also hit back at people who she says have “unrealistic expectations” about how much influence she can have other her father’s agenda, as liberal critics urge her to be more outspoken.

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