Ivanka Trump: Media not enemy of people, 'vehemently against' family separation

She described the controversy around family separation, which has included pushback on the White House and the Trump administration forced to reunify children with their parents under a court-mandated timetable, as "a low point for me". "I feel very strongly about that, and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children". Ivanka admitted that immigration is an "incredibly complex topic", and "illegal immigration is incredibly complex".

Ivanka and Ivana Trump.

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. "We are talking months where children have been separated from their parents and White House advisers should actually do something and not just talk about it".

Speaking at an Axios-hosted discussion on the Trump administration's efforts to improve access to workforce and vocation training, Axios executive editor Mike Allen asked Ivanka Trump if she thinks the media is the "enemy of the people". We don't like the idea of allowing people into our country if we don't know who they are, where they are going and why they're coming.

"But we are a country of laws", the president's daughter continued.

President Donald Trump later sought to downplay the distance, tweeting that his daughter answered correctly and that "It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!"


However, the First Daughter made it clear she feels people shouldn't come into the USA across the Mexico border. She also cautioned against oversimplifying immigration issues.

"These are not easy issues".

Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are senior advisers at the White House and have been widely criticised for failing to take a stand more frequently.

"These are incredibly hard issues, and like the rest of the country I experience them in a very emotional way".

As a high point, Trump cited the president's commutation of the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman serving life in prison for a nonviolent drug conviction after her case was brought to his attention by the reality television star Kim Kardashian.

"She is doing something".

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