Ivanka Trump is yet again facing criticism for her stance on the Trump administration’s controversial policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexican border.
The first daughter and president’s adviser sat down for an interview with Axios at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Toward the end of the conversation, journalist Mike Allen called the separation practice a “low point in the White House,” to which Trump agreed.
“Yes. That was a low point for me as well,” she responded. “I felt very strongly about that, and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children, so I would agree with that sentiment.”
Trump added, “These are incredibly difficult issues. And like the rest of the country, I experienced them in a very emotional way.”
The administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents at the border. And although President Trump signed an executive order ending the practice on June 20, CNN reported that as of Thursday, 559 children were still in U.S. government custody, away from their families.
Ivanka Trump was harshly criticized for her silence at the height of the issue several months ago, and her statement this week is one of the only times she's addressed the immigration controversy, save for a tweet thanking her father for ending the practice that his administration put in place.
Criticism came again for the first daughter after her comments during the Axios interview. Many people didn’t appreciate Trump’s lack of awareness of the ongoing situation.