- Ivanka Trump on Thursday said she does not believe the press is the “enemy of the people,” breaking with public statements made by her father regarding the media.
- Ivanka said she believes there have been stories about her that are false, but still wouldn’t go as far to say the press is the “enemy.”
- President Donald Trump has repeatedly described the media as the “enemy of the American people.”
Ivanka Trump on Thursday said she does not believe the press is the “enemy of the people,” going against public statements made by her father regarding the media.
“No, I do not feel like the media is theenemy of the people,” said Ivanka, the eldest daughter of President Donald Trump and an assistant to the president, at an event hosted by the news website Axios.
Ivanka said she believes there have been stories about her that are false but wouldn’t go as far to say the press is the “enemy.”
Her father has repeatedly described the press in such terms.
On Sunday, for example, Trump caused a firestorm when he tweeted about a meeting he had with the publisher of The New York Times.
“Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People.’ Sad!” he wrote.
The president has also habitually lambasted the press at his rallies. Some of his supporters made headlines at his latest rally after heckling CNN’s Jim Acosta at an event in Tampa, Florida.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday addressed the incident, saying the Trump administration supports a free press. But she went on to bash the media for what she described as putting lives in danger by reporting on classified intelligence. In the process, she cited an urban myth about reporting on Osama bin Laden in the 1990s.
Ivanka on Thursday also seemed to distance herself from the president on the issue of immigration, saying the recent news of family separations at the border was “a low point” for her.
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