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Ivanka Trump discusses her time in the White House

Ivanka Trump, speaking.
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White House senior adviser — and President Trump's eldest daughter — Ivanka Trump sat down with Axios' Mike Allen on Thursday to talk paid family leave, the fate American workers caught in a trade war, and some of her father's most contentious policy points and comments.

The big picture: While Trump maintained a united front with her father on most accounts, she notably broke with him on his view of the media and his administration's separation of undocumented families at the southern border.

Update... President Trump tweeted this afternoon about Ivanka's media comments: "They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!".

The workforce

  • She announced new career opportunities — jobs, apprenticeships, and retraining — at United Airlines (16,000 commitments) and Mastercard (75,000 commitments).

Family separation

  • Trump said the separation of undocumented children from their parents at the southern border was "a low point" for her: "I am very vehemently against family separation. ... These are not easy issues, these are incredibly difficult issues and like the rest of the country, I experience them in a very emotional way."

Paid family leave

  • It won't happen "in this Congress," Trump said, because it would require bipartisan compromise.

The media

The U.S.-China trade war

  • She doesn't think the tariffs proposed by her father will hurt American farmers long-term: "They're patriots and they know that there's some temporary pain, but that the president's fighting for them...and that long-term, they're going to thrive."

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