First daughter Ivanka Trump opened up to Dr. Mehmet Oz about her role in her dad’s administration and the postpartum depression she suffered after the births of her three children.
While many people mistakenly believe Ivanka’s job is to “moderate” or rein in her father, she underscored that her role is to advise the president, not make policy decisions.
“I think my role and [the role of] anyone who works for the president of the United States is to inform, advise, and then ultimately execute,” she told Dr. Oz (see clip in Fox News video below). “I am not the decision maker.”
Ivanka, who’s far more liberal than her dad, continued:
I have my views and I share them candidly. And as a daughter, I have the latitude to do that. But I also respect the process that my father is now president, and the American people elected him based on his agenda. My job isn’t to undermine that agenda.
Where I disagree with the agenda, I will share it with him quietly. I don’t view it as my obligation to moderate. And I don’t think anyone working for a sitting president should see themselves in that capacity.
Like her father, President Donald Trump, Ivanka turned down a salary for working at the White House. She declined the $176,000 income that comes with her job as “assistant to the president.”
Because she’s always so poised and polished, it may be hard to believe that Ivanka struggled with postpartum depression after the births of her three children: Arabella (born in 2011), Joseph (2013), and Theodore (born in 2016).
“With each of my three children I had some level of postpartum,” she confessed. “It was a very challenging, emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and as an executive. And I had had such easy pregnancies that in some way the juxtaposition hit me even harder.”
Ivanka spoke out about postpartum depression because it afflicts many new moms (and even new dads).
“It’s incredibly important,” she said. “I consider myself a very hard-charging person. I am ambitious, I’m passionate, I’m driven, but this is something that affects parents all over the country.”
When an audience member asked her to comment on Hillary Clinton, Ivanka diplomatically sidestepped the issue by saying she wondered what Hillary did when she disagreed with her husband Bill Clinton about an issue when he was president.
While Ivanka has been accused of being a fake feminist because she’s not a shrill, dried-up hag like her leftist critics, she said a top priority is helping female entrepreneurs and working moms.
“I’m deeply passionate about fueling the growth of women entrepreneurs, I’m deeply passionate about supporting America working families,” she said. “So I feel privileged that [President Trump] has given me the platform to push areas and push issues that are aligned with his agenda.”
Dr. Oz reflected on his interview with Ivanka Trump to Fox News, where he said he was very impressed by the level-headed blonde beauty. The episode with Ivanka airs September 21.
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