Ivanka Trump: 'I'll Absorb the Body Blows'

First daughter says she'd rather focus on her work than strike back at critics
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2018 3:32 PM CDT
Ivanka Trump: I Won't Strike Back at Critics
Ivanka Trump.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

So why didn't Ivanka Trump fire back when Samantha Bee hurled a vulgarity at her? The presidential daughter appeared on Fox Business Network Friday and said her silence was deliberate. “I have chosen, and I made a conscientious decision a long time ago, that I was not going to get into the fray, and that means that I’ll absorb the body blows that come my way,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo. Instead, she says she wants to "focus on the task at hand, which is serving the American people and using this moment in my life to advance an agenda that I deeply believe in and feel very fortunate to be able to work on."

Ivanka Trump had taken flak for not publicly criticizing the policy of separating families at the border—in fact, that was the source of Bee's criticism. When Bartiromo asked her if she had advised her father privately to ditch the policy, the first daughter said she had. “Of course, I have very strong opinions on that topic,” she said, per the Washington Post. As Bustle notes, Ivanka Trump tweeted her thanks to President Trump after he reversed the policy and called for families to be reunited "swiftly." (More Ivanka Trump stories.)

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