Ivanka Trump surprised by the 'ferocity' of her father's critics

'There’s a level of viciousness that I was not expecting,' Ms Trump said 

Alexandra Wilts
Washington DC
Monday 12 June 2017 16:05 BST
Ivanka Trump: I have been shocked by the level of 'ferocity' and 'viciousness' against my father

Ivanka Trump said that has been surprised by the “viciousness” and “ferocity” of comments made about her father’s presidency.

During an interview with “Fox and Friends”, Donald Trump’s eldest daughter said that it has been hard to stick to her father’s policy agenda as investigations into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign continue to be one of the main focuses of media coverage.

“I think some of the distractions and some of the ferocity, I was a little blindsided by on a personal level,” Ms Trump said.

“For me, I’m trying to keep my head down,” she added. “Not listen to the noise and just work really hard to make a positive impact in the lives of many people.”

In recent months, Ms Trump has taken on a more active role in her father’s presidency, participating in roundtable discussions and meeting with world leaders. She continues to be one of Mr Trump’s most loyal supporters and a trusted adviser, with many suggesting that she's a moderate voice in a White House that has had its brushes with the alt-right movement.

Ms Trump told “Fox & Friends” that her father “felt very vindicated” by former FBI Director James Comey's recent testimony before a Senate committee.

Mr Trump claims that Mr Comey’s statements to Congress backed up what he has been saying for months: that he was not being personally investigated for any alleged ties to Russia, and that Mr Comey had leaked information to reporters on at least one occasion.

“My father felt very vindicated in all the statements that he’s been making and feels incredibly optimistic,” Ms Trump said before going on to promote the administration’s initiatives in infrastructure and workforce development. “[We’re] incredibly focused on the reason we all went to Washington and what we’re fighting for.”

However, Mr Trump appears now to be a subject of an obstruction of justice investigation, after Mr Comey said he believed that the President had directed him to drop a criminal probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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