Ivanka Trump Explains Why She Doesn’t Speak Out Publicly Against Her Father

The powerful first daughter won’t “be distracted by the noise.”

September 14, 2017 9:17 am
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Ivanka Trump listens at the beginning of a policy and strategy forum with executives in the State Dining Room of the White House February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

A combination of family loyalty and future ambitions keeps Ivanka Trump from speaking out publicly against her father, according to a new profile in the Financial Times.

“To voice dissent publicly would mean I’m not part of the team. When you’re part of a team, you’re part of a team,” the first daughter told the FT. “That doesn’t mean everyone in the White House has homogeneous views – we don’t, and I think that’s good and healthy – but that doesn’t mean we’re publicly undermining [each other] and this administration.

But with this explanation comes heavy criticism; the profile points out that, even when Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner were directly addressed by a neo-Nazi organizer marching in the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, her dissent was largely behind the scenes. It’s a tactic she told the FT she’s sticking with.

“Whether my contribution ultimately lives up to the expectations of some of the harshest critics? Only time will tell,” Ivanka wrote in an email. “But I will not be distracted by the noise.”

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