Ivanka Trump has been criticized for her private influence on politics and policies

By Stephanie Petit
June 07, 2017 05:02 PM
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Twitter has some thoughts about the Father’s Day gift guide Ivanka Trump’s company recently released — and they aren’t holding back.

With less than two weeks until the June 18 holiday, the company founded by the elder daughter of President Donald Trump shared some present ideas on its website.

“Celebrate your main man with a thoughtful gift that says, among other things, ‘Thank you for putting up with my teen years,’ ” reads the caption at the top of the page, which goes on to recommend grilling tools, a grooming gift set, coasters and other ideas.

“Whether a football lover or a coffee aficionado, these picks will please every dad,” Ivanka Trump HQ tweeted on Monday to promote the guide.

But the tweet didn’t exactly please Twitter users.

“What’s a good gift for a dad who’s heading to prison soon? Asking for a friend…” one person commented.

Another added, “Thanks for speaking out during these confusing and dark times.”

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Trump, who serves as an unpaid advisor to her father and stepped away from her company after her husband joined the administration, has been criticized for her private influence on politics and policies.

In an interview at the Women in the World Summit in April, Scarlett Johansson spoke out about the first daughter’s interview with CBS News — in which she said that her impact on the White House will happen behind-the-scenes.

“I don’t think that it will make me a more effective advocate to constantly articulate every issue publicly where I disagree,” Trump told Gayle King. “And that’s okay. That means that I’ll take hits from some critics who say that I should take to the streets and then other people will, in the long-term, respect where I get to. But I think most of the impact I have, over time most people will not actually know about.”

Trump’s words miffed Johansson.

“It was kind of baffling, I have to say” the Ghost in the Shell star told Arianna Huffington. “It was really baffling. You can’t have it both ways, right? If you take a job as a public advocate, then you must advocate publicly, right?”

Speaking with King, Trump defended herself against the “complicit” criticism — saying she shares her opinions “with total candor” with her father in private.

“If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit,” Trump said. “I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I am doing.”

“I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but I hope time will prove I have done a good job and that my father’s administration is the success I know it will be,” she continued. “I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence.”