Published: Thu, August 02, 2018

Ivanka Trump: Family separations a ´low point,´ media not the enemy

Ivanka Trump: Family separations a ´low point,´ media not the enemy

When interviewer Mike Allen put it to her that the family separations at the border were a low point for many staff during the first 18 months of the administration, Trump admitted: "That was a low point for me as well".

But Ivanka Trump defended the right for the administration to enforce the country's immigration laws, citing her mother Melania Trump's status as a legal immigrant. She added that "we have to be careful about incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk", by encouraging risky journeys across the border.

Ivanka Trump, President Trump's daughter and assistant to the president, spoke with Axios Thursday about her feelings on family separations at the border.

At an event hosted by Axios, the senior White House adviser said Thursday that she has been the subject of reporting that she knows "not to be fully accurate" but said: "no, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people".

"Illegally immigration is incredibly complicated".

"These are incredibly hard issues, and like the rest of the country I experience them in a very emotional way".

When the moderator asked if the separation of migrant children from detained families was a low, she agreed.

Lawmakers blasted the separation practice as "inhumane" and "cruel", but President TrumpDonald John TrumpPro-Trump pastor: Trump is "the most pro-black" president I've ever seen Trump renews calls for interview with Mueller: report CNN's Acosta: Hannity is "injecting poison into the nation's political bloodstream" MORE and other officials insisted only Congress could address the issue.

The president's daughter went on to explain that she could understand why some people would be cynical about the press.

During the discussion, Trump explained why she recently made a decision to close her fashion business.

At the Washington event, Ivanka Trump also said she disagreed with her father's perspective that the media is the "enemy of the people". I feel very strongly about it. She also broke with her father's criticism of the media, saying she didn't feel they were the enemy of the people although she did understand concerns.

When asked if she agrees with that statement, she replied: "No, I do not".

President Donald Trump's administration announced a "zero tolerance" approach to crossings between ports of entry in the spring, choosing to prosecute adults and separate any accompanying minors.

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