First Daughter Ivanka Trump made a pubic break with her father on Thursday telling Axios’ Mike Allen that she did not believe the media was the enemy of the people.
“No, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people,” said Trump.
“I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate,” she continued while speaking speaking at an Axios Newsmakers conversation on workforce development at the Newseum. “I’ve had some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripes especially when they sort of feel targeted.”
After a round of nervous audience laughter, Allen joked that Ivanka’s sentiments were “not a view that is shared in your family.”
Ivanka also described her father’s stance on immigration that led to the separation of thousands of families at the border as “a low point” in her time at the White House.
“That was a low point for me as well,” she said. “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. Immigration is incredibly complex as a topic. Illegal immigration is incredibly complicated.”
On Twitter and in public remarks, President Trump has repeatedly laced into the media as “the enemy of the people”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Why was the FBI giving so much information to the Fake News Media. They are not supposed to be doing that, and knowing the enemy of the people Fake News, they put their own spin on it – truth doesn’t matter to them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
Given the express press freedoms enumerated in the U.S. Constitution and the Stalinist history of the term, many in the media have been particularly rankled by the “enemy of the people” line.
In a statement explaining his recent meeting with Donald Trump, New York Times publisher A.G Sulzberger explained why the term upset him.
“I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists ‘the enemy of the people.’ I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence,” he said in a statement explaining the reason or his meeting with Trump last week.