Ivanka Trump, a top figure in Donald Trump’s campaign, finally addressed the lewd-tape scandal that kicked off the wave of controversy engulfing her father’s campaign.
In a statement to Fast Company published Monday night, the businesswoman called her father’s comments — which included boasts of groping and forcibly kissing women — “clearly inappropriate and offensive.”
“I’m glad that he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the American people,” she said.
Ivanka Trump had been relatively silent since earlier this month, when the Washington Post published a 2005 video tape of her father making shockingly vulgar comments on “Access Hollywood.” Though Trump denied ever actually groping women, an increasing number of women have since spoken out with allegations of sexual misconduct, including assault, against the GOP nominee.
Ivanka Trump’s statement came as a last-minute addition to a Fast Company feature on the Republican presidential nominee’s daughter, who is executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization and runs her own clothing company. The feature addressed how she’s managed to weather the “surreal experience” of her father’s presidential campaign.
“I mean, it’s been a year and a half of enormous scrutiny, of my family, every business, every movement, action,” she told the magazine. “I think that, you know, that sort of comes with the territory. And I think I’ve probably learned a lot through it and I’ve probably grown a bit tougher in terms of my resilience toward what is thrown our way because, you know, I’ve read some very negative stuff.”
The 34-year-old former model, who helped her father craft his maternity-leave policy, also dismissed the idea that she would serve in his administration.
“I don’t intend to be part of the government,” she told Fast Company, insisting that her role in Trump’s campaign is simply that of “a daughter and an executive who has worked alongside him.”
Asked how she’s able to withstand some of the more disturbing controversies surrounding her father in recent months — such as the allegation that he once sexually assaulted a 13-year-old— she replied: “The greatest comfort I have is the fact that I know my father. Most of the people who write about him don’t. I do.”
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