Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is “bothered” by a New York Times expose that blasted her father’s alleged “out of line” relationships with women, stating that her father “has total respect for women.”
“I found it to be pretty disturbing based on the facts as I know them, and obviously I very much know them both in the capacity as a daughter and a capacity as an executive who has worked alongside him at this company for over a decade, so I was bothered by it,” she said in an interview with CBS on Tuesday. “But it’s largely been discredited since. Most of the time, when stories are inaccurate, they’re not discredited, and I will be frustrated by that. But in this case, I think they went so far. They had such a strong thesis and created facts to reinforce it.”
For the article titled “Crossing the Line,” the publication interviewed “dozens of women” who have worked for the presidential candidate over the past 40 years, conducting 50 interviews over the span of six weeks. Their accounts revealed Trump’s derogatory nicknames, negative comments on physical appearance and inappropriate interactions between him and many women he worked with, according to the report.
“CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell also asked Ivanka about the various physical advances that were outlined in the story, to which Trump said, “I’m not in every interaction my father has, but he’s not a groper.”
“It’s not who he is,” Ivanka added. “He has total respect for women. He was promoting women in development and construction at a time when it was unheard of; there was no trend towards equality.”
One of the subjects interviewed for the New York Times story is Rowanne Brewer Lane, an ex-girlfriend of Trump’s. On Monday, she told “Fox & Friends” that the publication twisted her words to attack the presumptive GOP nominee.
“He suddenly took me by the hand, and he started to show me around the mansion,” she allegedly told the Times. “He asked me if I had a swimsuit with me. I said no. I hadn’t intended to swim. He took me into a room and opened drawers and asked me to put on a swimsuit… He brought me out to the pool and said, ‘That is a stunning Trump girl, isn’t it?'”
Now, Brewer Lane says those words were taken out of context.
“The New York Times told us several times that they would make sure that my story that I was telling came across…” she said. “They told me several times and my manager several times that it would not be a hit piece and that my story would come across the way that I was telling it and honestly, and it absolutely was not. They spun it to where it appeared negative. I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump.”