Ivanka Trump, First Daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, believes “unrealistic expectations” have been set on her with regards to her influence over her father’s decision making.
“Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me,” she said in an interview with the Financial Times, published Thursday.
“That my presence in and of itself would carry so much weight with my father that he would abandon his core values and the agenda that the American people voted for when they elected him,” Ivanka said. “It’s not going to happen. To those critics, shy of turning my father into a liberal, I’d be a failure to them.”
She also said that if she were to voice an opposing view to that of her father, it would mean, “I’m not part of the team.”
Ivanka pointed out that she spent weeks trying to change her father’s mind on the Paris Climate Change Accord, but failed. She believes she should be judged not by how well she influences her father, but on policy areas she works on, such as gender equality in the workplace.
Though Ivanka has positioned herself as a champion of women in the workplace, she recently backed the decision to end an Obama-era policy on collecting data on the gender pay gap.
“Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results,” she said in a statement in early September. “We look forward to continuing to work with EEOC, OMB, Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap.”