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Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President, Claims: ‘I Try to Stay Out of Politics’

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She was a prominent surrogate in her father’s presidential campaign and now has an influential role in President Trump‘s White House. But asked on Monday if she advises her father on his tweets, Ivanka Trump tried to downplay her role as one of the president’s closest and most trusted advisers.

“I try to stay out of politics,” Trump claimed in an interview with Fox & Friends Monday morning.

The first daughter, who joined her father’s administration in March as an unpaid employee with the title “assistant to the president,” continued: “I don’t profess to be a political savant. So I leave the politics to other people and really lean into the issues that I care deeply about.”

She added of her father’s controversial tweets: “His political instincts are phenomenal.”

Though Trump has largely tried to avoid speaking publicly about politics, she has sought to influence policy, including meeting last week with senators to promote a “pro-family” tax reform.

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She has also sat in on meetings with world leaders including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and, in her father’s absence, last month led a roundtable meeting on human trafficking with members of Congress.

Later in the Fox & Friends interview, Trump seemed to acknowledge her key White House role.

“I advise my father on a plethora of things,” she said. “So, you know, he trusts me to be very candid with my opinions. I don’t have a hidden agenda.”