Ivanka Trump: Criticism of Her Father ‘Orchestrated’ by the ‘Media’

Founder and CEO of Ivanka Trump Collection and Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions of The Trump Organization Ivanka Trump speaks onstage during Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit - Day 3 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by
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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is dismissing criticism of her father about how he’s spoken to — and about — women, saying it was “orchestrated largely by the media.”

“Look, my father is very blunt. He’s very direct. He is not gender specific in his criticism of people, and people that he doesn’t particularly like or people that he does like but thinks they’re wrong on a particular issue,” Ivanka told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “So I don’t think that he’s gender-targeted at all. Like I said, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, I wouldn’t be a high-level executive within his organization if he felt that way.”

She told CNN that her father would be “amazing” and “incredible for women in this country.”

The CNN interview took place during the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.

“I do think there’s this unfortunate and prevailing depiction of the working women as, you know, wearing a black pantsuit and being solely focused on her professional role. And that’s just not true. And hopefully I can be a small part of changing the narrative around what it looks like to be a woman who works today,” she stated.

Although her father’s presidential campaign has altered her family life, bringing more scrutiny and pressure, Ivanka told CNN that her friendship with Chelsea Clinton is still intact.

“It has not been an issue for us. I have great respect for her, she’s been a great friend to me. I’ve been a great friend to her. So, you know, the politics of our parents is not relevant to our friendship,” said Ivanka.

She also commented on the Democratic debate, which was the night prior to her sit down with CNN.

“Well, I thought the debate was excellent. I thought the debate was interesting to watch, so I enjoyed watching. Like I said, I’m a businessperson, not a politician, so I’ll leave politics to other members of the family and the many, many people who are involved in the race on both sides. So we’ll see who emerges,” Ivanka said.