Ivanka Trump has left Americans scratching their heads after she claimed to have little knowledge of, or involvement in politics in a recent television interview.
Appearing on conservative talk show Fox and Friends, the daughter of US President Donald Trump said she “tries to stay out of politics”, despite being an official adviser to her father in the White House.
“I don’t profess to be a political savant so I leave the politics to other people and really lean into the issues that I care deeply about,” Ms Trump told host Aisnley Earhardt.
Ms Trump who joined her husband Jared Kushner as an unpaid adviser to the President in March, said she instead likes to focus on issues where she can “contribute to the agenda”, such as veteran care or workforce development.
“I’m more interested in being for something than against something,” she said, adding that she left the politics to her father because his instincts were “phenomenal”.
“He did something that no one could have imagined he would be able to accomplish. I feel blessed to be have been part of the ride from day one,” she said.
However, she also claimed she advised her father on “a plethora of things”.
Viewers were quick to point out the irony of Ms Trump claiming to avoid politics, given she actively campaigned for her father and is usually by his side at official commitments.
“Most people who ‘stay out of politics’ don’t have an office and staff in the White House,” one Twitter user commented.
“Girl. You literally have a president as a father and you work in the White House,” another said.
“These are comments so confounding and contradictory, we may have officially reached peak Ivanka,” US Vogue writer Michelle Ruiz declared .
Earlier this week Ms Trump used her role at the White House to attempt to duck a trademark-infringement court case against her self-titled shoe brand.
The case was brought about by Italian shoe label, Aquazzurra, claiming Ms Trump’s budget-friendly brand copied one of its shoe designs.
In an effort to have the case dismissed, Ms Trump filed a response denying any acts of infringement and claiming she “lacked knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the remainder of the allegations”.
In a court hearing, Ms Trump’s lawyers said she “was not involved in the design, promotion or sale of the shoe,” and that ordering her to give a deposition, “would interfere with her ability to perform her duties at the White House”.
On Monday, a judge ruled the First Daughter would in fact be required to give a deposition in the lawsuit.
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