Ivanka Trump Calls Question About Her Father 'Inappropriate'
She scolds reporter for asking about the women who've accused him of harassment
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2018 11:05 AM CST
Ivanka Trump watches the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

(Newser) – A reporter asked Ivanka Trump about the allegations of sexual harassment against her father, and her response is making headlines for two reasons: First, she says she believes her father's denials. And second, she thinks the question itself was out of bounds. It came from NBC's Peter Alexander, who asked the first daughter if she believed the women who've accused the elder Trump of inappropriate behavior. "I think it's a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he's affirmatively stated that there's no truth to it," Ivanka replied, per Mediaite. "I don’t think that's a question you would ask many other daughters."

But she then went on to provide an answer: "I believe my father, I know my father. So I think I have that right as a daughter to believe my father." Other reporters pushed back against the assertion that the question was inappropriate. "The White House went out of its way to make clear that Ivanka Trump traveled to South Korea as a senior adviser to the president, not a First Daughter," tweeted Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post. "But as soon as she's hit with a difficult question, suddenly she's a daughter." Jake Tapper of CNN had a similar take: "She works for the taxpayers, says she focuses on women's issues, was at the interview because she went to the Olympics to represent the USA, is an adult, and has spoken publicly about accusations against others." (One of the president's accusers is running for office herself.)

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