Chelsea Clinton has repeatedly defended the children of the president, having been the daughter of a president herself, but she’s making an exception for her former friend Ivanka Trump.
In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night Clinton revealed that she and Ivanka have drifted apart since the 2016 presidential election and declared that Ivanka is fair game for any criticism that comes her way.
Unlike any of the children of the president before her, Ivanka actually holds a position in the White House as an adviser to her father, Donald Trump. However, given Chelsea’s history of sticking up for children of the president, Colbert pressed her on whether or not Ivanka is an exception.
“Do you have any sympathy for her? Because she’s an adult who has taken on an official role in the White House,” Colbert explained. “Do you think she’s fair game for criticism or she’s just another presidential child?”
“I think anyone who works for the president is certainly — should expect to be scrutinized for whatever decisions not only he or she is making but whatever decisions the White House is making on any given day,” She responded.
Chelsea and Ivanka were good friends heading into the presidential election in 2016, but now it sounds as if they’ve grown apart. Perhaps it’s as simple as the fact that Donald Trump ruined Hillary Clinton’s dream of becoming president, but Chelsea blames it on disagreements on policy.
“I have not spoken to her in a long time, it’s clear though that she has supported policies and decisions that I don’t agree with. I’ve been very vocal about my opposition to President Trump.”
Colbert pried, asking whether or not she could call and urge against a war with North Korea.
“I’m just really sad that we’re at a point in time where that has to be said,” Clinton continued. “I mean that we’re at a point in time where we have a president who has such callous disregard for thoughtful, coherent, expert advised foreign policy I would hope regardless of where we sit on the political spectrum, we could agree on.”
So maybe it is as simple as the fact that Ivanka’s dad won and her mom didn’t.