In an ABC News interview for Good Morning America, reporter Deborah Roberts spoke at length with First Daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump. Topics ranged from Ivanka Trump's own agenda for her tenure at the White House to her father's policies and rhetoric.
Of particular interest was the younger Trump's reaction to images from the border, which she called "devastating." However, when asked about her father's authorization of the use of lethal force, she claimed it never happened.
"Your father has authorized lethal force, he says if necessary, does that concern you?"
Ivanka Trump replied:
"I...don't believe...that's what he said, but his primary role as commander in chief is obviously to protect the nation’s borders—he has to protect our country’s security. But I don’t...lethal force in this case would—that is not I think something that anyone is talking about.”
However, Roberts pointed out that the President made the statement on camera just days before.
So Ivanka changed her answer. She stated:
"So lethal force under any circumstance would be the last resort, but he is the commander in chief of the armed forces of this country, so he always has to be able to protect the border. He is not talking about innocents. He is not talking about innocent asylum seekers."
Watch the exchange here.
GMA: Are you comfortable with your dad giving troops authorization to use lethal force at the border? IVANKA: "I d… https://t.co/4DO2rks6sW— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1543410908.0
Roberts later said she thought Ivanka Trump truly did not know about her father's statements, based on their conversation. But others were not so generous toward the First Daughter.
Many criticized her backtracking and failure to do more than provide lip service to causes she claimed to champion.
@atrupar Remember the media pushing Princess Daughter 1st Lady as a voice of reason, as a neutralizer for her fathe… https://t.co/aroLGXbIf9— Ade (@Ade)1543411137.0
@atrupar @scottbix I hear words, but she says nothing. She’s vacuous - and that’s truly the kindest thing I can say about her.— Kelly (@Kelly)1543418507.0
@atrupar Please tell me she asked the question again Or at least a "what does 'protect the border' mean from unarm… https://t.co/qtSq5pHqyn— Jake (@Jake)1543411679.0
@atrupar @mccunecicki Me: Do you believe you dad sided with Russia over the U.S. over the 2016 election. Ivanka: I… https://t.co/g208sMyTYq— On The Case Man (@On The Case Man)1543415153.0
@atrupar https://t.co/mRaEJAYqyx— Moon til Noon #SaveLodge49 (@Moon til Noon #SaveLodge49)1543414962.0
@atrupar They are so accustomed to lying! It’s just one. BS line after another— Miss N (@Miss N)1543411227.0
@atrupar @Resistance411 Oh that pesky evidence.— pissandvinegar 🌊 (@pissandvinegar 🌊)1543429557.0
@atrupar Samantha Bee was right! https://t.co/EUQTm5wsyD— Moon til Noon #SaveLodge49 (@Moon til Noon #SaveLodge49)1543411706.0
@atrupar What a ceckless funt.— FactsMatter314 (@FactsMatter314)1543412599.0
@atrupar She knows what he’s doing. And lies about it. Gets called in it and pivot slithers.— Trump/Pence are modern war treasonists. (@Trump/Pence are modern war treasonists.)1543415360.0
@atrupar Bravo to GMA for not doing a puff piece, which I'm sure is what Princess Ivanka was expecting.— miss speech (@miss speech)1543434131.0
@atrupar @acoad1111 @IvankaTrump would be just fine with gunning down children cause daddy hates any one not white… https://t.co/1ZaYFShEOX— Ellen Reeher Morris (@Ellen Reeher Morris)1543412608.0
@acoad1111 @atrupar @IvankaTrump My daddy is commander in chief he can gas and gun down children if he wants to I a… https://t.co/JPVN9hmiBW— Ellen Reeher Morris (@Ellen Reeher Morris)1543413362.0
Others questioned why ABC News did the Good Morning America interview in the first place.
@atrupar Why do you give this saline and collagen filled skin suit so much air time?— Bryan (Deepierest State Agent) ⚽️🇺🇸🐍 (@Bryan (Deepierest State Agent) ⚽️🇺🇸🐍)1543413681.0
@BeteUnitedFC @atrupar Blond Kardashian 🤷🏼♀️— kuba (@kuba)1543421753.0
@jkgood1 @BeteUnitedFC @atrupar At least a Kardashian accidentally helps someone once in a while.— NOH-1 (phanpy says relax) (@NOH-1 (phanpy says relax))1543430655.0
@atrupar Why interview her? Do we expect her to say something bad about her father. She’s the epitome of Nepotism… https://t.co/0Klzx62QxG— Alan (@Alan)1543412387.0
The interview took place in a school in Idaho. The First Daughter hoped to show what she works on as a White House adviser; however, her goal for the interview was overshadowed by her father's scandals and her own.