Ivanka Trump On Life In DC: I Wasn’t Expecting ‘Level Of Viciousness’

She's the latest Trump kid to play the role of surrogate for her father

Ivanka Trump attends an event during "infrastructure week." — Getty Images
Jun 12, 2017 at 9:47 AM ET

Ivanka Trump became the latest of the president’s children to act as a surrogate on his behalf on Monday, saying that the first months of her father’s administration have produced “a level of viciousness” she did not see coming.

In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” the oldest daughter of President Donald Trump echoed her father’s sentiments that he feels “vindicated” after last week’s testimony by former FBI Director James Comey. The interview, on the president’s morning show of choice, touched on her father’s first months in office. Ivanka Trump said the sheer intensity left her “a little blindsided.”

“There’s a level of viciousness that I was not expecting,” she said. “I was not expecting the intensity of this experience, but this isn’t supposed to be easy. My father and this administration wants to be transformative.” She added: “I think some of the distractions and some of the ferocity, I was a little blindsided by on a personal level.”

Even with the distractions, Ivanka Trump remained confident that the White House is focusing on the goals at hand, mentioning the administration’s recent “infrastructure week.”

“With all the noise, with all the intensity of the media coverage and obviously, what makes headlines, ultimately we’re focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump as their president,” she said.

Her interview with “Fox & Friends” is the latest indication that the president is relying more on his kids to act as surrogates for him. Last week, Eric Trump said that the Democratic critics of his father are “not even people.” Not to be outdone, Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted throughout Comey’s testimony, told Judge Jeanine Pirro, another favorite host of his father’s, on Saturday that everything that “everything that went on with the Comey testimony was basically ridiculous.”