Ivanka Trump: 'I Try Really Hard to Stay in My Lane'

The First Daughter on why she won't be publicly disagreeing with the president
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2017 3:40 PM CDT
Ivanka Trump on the 'Unrealistic Expectations' of Her Critics
Ivanka Trump waves as she steps off Air Force One at Bismarck Municipal Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 in Bismarck, N.D.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ivanka Trump has a message for her critics: "I will not be distracted by the noise." In a series of interviews with Trump, as well as with friends and opponents, the Financial Times tries to paint a picture of who she is, what she's doing inside the nation's capitol, and why she isn't what many hoped she might be. "Anything we thought a few months back about how she was going to be a moderating influence on [President] Trump has not come to fruition,” one presidential historian says. Ivanka Trump says her liberal critics expected too much of her. “Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me,” she says. "To those critics, shy of turning my father into a liberal, I’d be a failure to them.”

And while Trump says it's important for the president to hear from people who disagree with him, she won't be that person, at least not publicly: “To voice dissent publicly would mean I’m not part of the team. When you’re part of a team, you’re part of a team." That's one of the reasons she's avoiding some of her father's more controversial policies and trying to focus on a niche set of goals. "I try really hard to stay in my lane and execute on the initiatives I came to DC to take on," Trump says. And while the First Daughter has faced criticism from both the right and left, Americans might want to hope she weathers it out and sticks around. 'There are a lot of people trying to influence this president who are a lot stranger in their outlook of the world than Ivanka," a former White House ethics lawyer says. Read the full interview here. (More Ivanka Trump stories.)

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