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Ivanka Trump: ‘I Stay In My Lane’ At The White House

Ivanka Trump defended her allegiance to her father in a wide-ranging series of interviews with the Financial Times, telling the British newspaper she tries to “stay in her lane” while promoting her views within the administration.

“I try really hard to stay in my lane and execute on the initiatives I came to DC to take on,” she said. “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.”

She added that it was important to have internal disagreements. “That doesn’t mean everyone in the White House has homogeneous views – we don’t, and I think that’s good and healthy – but that doesn’t mean we’re publicly undermining [each other] and this administration.”

Trump, who served as a special assistant and claims to work on women’s empowerment, also defended her lack of progress on paid family leave or child care. “You have to find people who are willing to engage on the issues… I am able to convene, to referee a debate, but I cannot make laws,” she said. “It won’t be easy. If it was it would have been done already.”

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at solomon@forward.com or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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