By all measures, Donald Trump has had a rough week. First, he followed up his strong performance at the Republican National Convention with an attack on Sen. Ted Cruz. Then he lashed out at the parents of a fallen Muslim American soldier. Conservative surrogates – Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Karl Rove, and Bill O’Reilly, to name a few – have pounded the drum: “Stay on topic, Mr. Trump.” But the Republican candidate continues to go off on the media, Sen. McCain, and now Sen. Ayotte.
Not to worry – Ivanka to the rescue! Ivanka Trump, Donald’s best weapon, responded Tuesday to comments made earlier in the day by President Obama calling her father “unfit to serve” and “woefully unprepared to do this job” in an exclusive interview with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News. She said, “He understands how to put this country back to work.”
Ivanka didn’t stop there . . .
“I clearly disagree,” she said when asked of her reaction to what Obama told reporters. “I think he’d be an excellent president. He knows how to create jobs and maintain them. He understands how to put this country to work – that makes him very qualified,” she told Van Susteren.
Trump pointed to her father’s experience creating jobs at large construction sites as something that qualified him to tackle fixing the nation’s infrastructure problems, and also would appeal to voters who wanted an outsider to change the direction of the country.
“I look at my father’s own experience in creating jobs, building infrastructure, you know every time he builds a 92-story building, every time he has in the course of his career built a massive skyscraper, that’s unbelievable experience for repairing the dilapidated infrastructure in the country,” she continued.
“I think the American people want change,” she told the host. “They see an outsider that can bring fresh perspective and solutions to the table to bring the country where it needs to go.”
Ivanka added that one of the most incredible things about her father’s campaign so far has been watching him fill arenas all over the country with “people who are so hopeful and excited and passionate about the message he has for them, and about his ability to fulfill their hopes for this country.”
When asked about her father’s ongoing war of words with the Muslim American parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq, Ivanka told Van Susteren she thought her father “shared his thoughts.”
“Captain Khan was an American hero, there’s no argument on that fact, and everyone respects his sacrifice for our country,” she said.
The businesswomen said while her father always told her “never to say never” on the possibility of running for elected office day, she told Van Susteren the possibility of running is “not something I want to be doing.”
She also discussed her friendship with Chelsea Clinton, calling her a “great girl” and “great friend,” despite their parents running against each other for president.
“I think we have a great respect for each other and that hasn’t changed,” Trump said of Clinton. She added that the two have stayed close to each other, despite the “intensity and scrutiny” they’re currently going through during this campaign cycle.
“We’re not the candidates,” Trump said. “We’re the children of the candidates, and we both respect our parents.”