Chelsea Clinton says Ivanka Trump is fair game when it comes to criticism lobbed at the White House.
“I think anyone who works for the president,” Clinton said during a Monday “Late Show” appearance, “should expect to be scrutinized for whatever decisions not only he or she is making, but whatever decisions the White House is making on any given day.”
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Trump, who serves as a White House adviser, has taken heat for some of President Trump’s policy decisions. The commander in chief’s elder daughter said last year that liberal critics have “unrealistic expectations” of her ability to influence her father’s agenda.
She also made headlines last month when she said during an interview during the Olympics that it was “inappropriate” to question her about sexual misconduct allegations against her father.
“I don’t think that’s a question you would ask many other daughters. I believe my father, I know my father, so I think I have that right as a daughter to believe my father,” Ivanka Trump told NBC’s Peter Alexander.
Clinton has in the past defended fellow current and former first children, including 11-year-old Barron Trump, from criticism in the media. In December, she and Ivanka Trump both said Malia Obama’s personal life should be off limits amid tabloid reports about her time at Harvard University.
When asked by “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert on Monday if she was still friends with Trump, Clinton replied, “I have not spoken to her in a long time.”
“It’s clear though that she has supported policies and decisions that I don’t agree with,” said the 38-year-old author.
“I’ve been very vocal about my opposition to President Trump,” Clinton added.
In a 2016 interview with Fox News, Ivanka Trump, 36, called Clinton a “great friend.”
“We’re not the candidates,” Trump said at the time. “We’re the children of the candidates. We’ve stayed close to one another, maybe a little less publicly so, but she’s a good friend. We support each other.”
Clinton suggested that the relationship may have since cooled.
Colbert asked the mother of two, “Could you call her up and say, ‘Hey, maybe no war with North Korea’?”
“I certainly am just really sad that we’re at a point in time that that even has to be said,” responded Clinton, who is promoting her new children’s book, “She Persisted Around the World.”
“I mean, that we’re at a point in time where we have a president who has such a callous disregard for a thoughtful, coherent, kind of expert-advised foreign policy is something I would hope regardless of where we sit on the political spectrum, we could agree on,” said Clinton.
“I think unfortunately this administration is the collision of cruelty and incompetence,” she remarked.