Ivanka Trump: Family Separations Were A 'Low Point'

Leroy Wright
August 5, 2018

"I would just like to say to Ivanka Trump, the thing for her to do if she opposes family separation, there are children today, tonight who will still go to sleep not knowing where their parents are because of Donald Trump's policies", she said.

Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser, was asked Thursday morning at an event hosted by Axios if the press was the "enemy of the people", a characterization used by the president.

Still, she said, she didn't feel "that the media is the enemy of the people".

Ms Trump had kept largely silent as children were separated from their families and detained in border camps as a hardline policy that prosecuted people entering the United States without papers was implemented.

Ivanka Trump made the comments during an appearance at a conference in Washington organized by online news outlet Axios.

"So we have to be very careful about incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk of being trafficked, at risk of entering this country with coyotes or making an incredibly risky journey alone", she said.

"No, I don't", she continued. "I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it", Trump said. She tweeted that she "hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform".

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"The media continues to ratchet up the verbal assault against the President and everyone in this administration, and certainly we have a role to play, but the media has a role to play for the discourse in this country as well", she added.

In a heated exchange with reporters, she recited a litany of complaints against the press and blamed the media for inflaming tensions in the country.

Trump was heavily criticized for her silence during the Trump administration's practice of separating families.

"These are not easy issues; these are incredibly hard issues", she said.

The day before signing the order, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said President Trump met with his daughter on the issue.

Sulzberger said he accepted the meeting to raise concerns about "the president's deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric" and that he told Trump his language was divisive and "increasingly unsafe". "To those critics, shy of turning my father into a liberal, I'd be a failure to them".

The truth is that individual citizens have done far more to help migrant children separated from their parents than any member of the Trump administration. She has, for example, coordinated volunteers to drive Yeni González, 29, from a detention center in Eloy, Arizona to New York City, where her three children had been placed at a social service agency.

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