Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser and a daughter of President Donald Trump, in a new interview defended the role she plays in the administration.
In an interview on Fox News airing on Sunday, she told host Steve Hilton she felt she had important work to do in moving the economic agenda along and working on jobs initiatives for the country’s behalf.
“The convening function within government is critical,” Ivanka Trump told Hilton during an exclusive interview to be shown on Sunday, as Fox News noted.
“And it’s something that I bring — and probably because I came from the private sector, I realize the efficiency, the nimbleness, the solutions that the private sector brings to every challenge that is out there, whether it’s innovation or job creation.”
Critics have questioned and wondered about her role in the administration — and “conservatives, in particular, suspected that both she and husband Jared Kushner secretly opposed aspects of the president’s agenda,” Fox News also noted.
“It seems to me that conservatives in particular should appreciate that role as a catalyst,” Hilton told her while the two spoke on camera in Alabama. “Because you’re making change happen, not through expanding government, not through spending taxpayer money, not through passing new laws and regulations,” he said.
Ivanka Trump discussed important initiatives such as job training, manufacturing — and removing licensing restrictions on businesses.
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“The future of manufacturing in America is advanced manufacturing,” she told Hilton in the interview.
“And I do think there’s a disconnect between how people think about manufacturing and the factories of today. Look around us. They’re clean. They’re high-tech. They are very much the industries of the future,” she also said.
The administration was able to witness 300 private sector companies commit to training American workers — all part of the Pledge to America’s Workers initiative, she said.
“This economy — because of the policy and because of the environment that’s been created through tax reform and deregulation … has unleashed business and unleashed investment in this country,” said Ivanka Trump in part.
Ivanka Trump is 37 and has three children.
Read more about the Sunday interview here.
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— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 22, 2019
Keep swinging for the fences Lexi!
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 20, 2019