Ivanka Trump: I'm Complicit 'if Being Complicit Is Wanting to Be a Force for Good'

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Apr 05, 2017 8:00 AM
Ivanka Trump: I'm Complicit 'if Being Complicit Is Wanting to Be a Force for Good'

Ivanka Trump defended herself from critics who say she and her husband, Jared Kushner, are somehow complicit in what’s going on in her father’s administration.

"If being complicit is wanting to — is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I'm complicit," she said during an excerpt of an interview on CBS "This Morning” that will air Wednesday morning.

“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,” Trump added. “So I hope to make a positive impact. I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and much more importantly that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be.”

Last month, “Saturday Night Live” mocked Ivanka in a skit for a perfume called “Complicit.”

The first daughter is an unpaid adviser to her father and has an office in the West Wing.

She also addressed criticism directed at her husband over his qualifications for the many roles he’s playing in the Trump administration, including his job as head of the new White House Office of American Innovation.

“So, you know a lot of people would say the same about how could somebody successfully win the presidency who had never been engaged in politics and my father did that and Jared was instrumental in helping his campaign succeed,” she said. “So, you know Jared is incredibly smart, very talented, has enormous capacity. He is humble in the recognition of what he doesn’t know. And is tremendously secure in his ability to seek informed viewpoints. He has an amazing team that my father has built at the White House, and that he’s built that’s helping work on each of these initiatives. So you know the myth that he is operating in a silo is just that.”