According to The Financial Times, Ivanka Trump says her liberal critics have “unrealistic expectations” of her ability to influence Donald Trump’s agenda.
“Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me,” she wrote in an email to the Financial Times.
“That my presence in and of itself would carry so much weight with my father that he would abandon his core values and the agenda that the American people voted for when they elected him,” she continued. “It’s not going to happen. To those critics, shy of turning my father into a liberal, I’d be a failure to them.”
Some Democrats have looked to Trump’s eldest daughter to moderate his policies.
But her moderating role has been called into question by some recently, who point to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, among other decisions, as evidence that Ivanka has ultimately been ineffective.
Ivanka is widely seen as one of Trump’s most influential advisers and confidantes. In March, she joined her father’s White House as a senior adviser.
She added that voicing dissent publicly would “mean I’m not part of the team.”
“She tries to be supportive of her father and I think that she is able to both agree and disagree with him in private and share her feedback with him honestly and respectfully,” her husband Jared Kushner, also a Trump adviser, chimed in. “She’s worked with him for a long time – longer than anyone else in the White House.”
The first daughter said she only wants to be judged on the policy issues she has decided to tackle herself, like gender equality in the workplace.