Ivanka Trump admits being 'complicit' to father's agenda while seemingly not knowing what word means

'I don't know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique situation I am now in, would do any differently,' says newly appointed adviser to the President

Harriet Agerholm
Wednesday 05 April 2017 16:10
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Ivanka Trump: 'I don’t know what it means to be complicit'

Ivanka Trump has admitted to being “complicit”, while appearing to admit not knowing what the word means.

Speaking in her first interview since taking up an official role in the White House, Donald Trump’s daughter responded to recent criticism that she is involved in morally questionable activities.

“I don't know what it means to be complicit,” she told CBS, “but you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and much more importantly that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be.”

Ms Trump – who serves as Assistant to the President – was mocked in a Saturday Night Live parody that featured her advertising a perfume called “Complicit”.

The 35-year-old mother of three previously held executive roles at the Trump Organisation and ran her eponymous lifestyle brand, which sells clothing and jewellery. She relinquished those positions to live in Washington, although she retains control over her brand.

She said earlier in the interview: “If being complicit ... is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I'm complicit.

“I don't know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I am doing,” she said. “So I hope to make a positive impact.”

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The first daughter also responded to the criticism that she has not publicly condemned parts of Mr Trump's conservative agenda including his travel ban, border wall, proposed budget cuts or roll back of environmental regulations.

“I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence,” Ms Trump said.

It recently emerged Ms Trump and her husband Jared Kushner – who also works as adviser to the President – have retained scores of property investments while they are employed at the White House, revelations that have fuelled concerns over a conflict of interest.

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