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 don’t believe that’s what he said.”
GMA: Actually he did. Here’s video of it.
IVANKA: “So… he’s the commander in chief, so he always has to protect the border.” pic.twitter.com/kT0WN1HHWG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 28, 2018
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.