Ivanka Trump: Sensationalism Around My Father and Women Was "Orchestrated Largely By The Media"

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Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump speaks to CNN's Poppy Harlow about her father's 2016 run.

POPPY HARLOW, CNN: Your father points to you telling him that he has been on the campaign trail, quote, "Really misunderstood on his views about women." He has said some things that have -- about women that have shocked many people, about Carly Fiorina. He said, "Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that," about Megyn Kelly's questioning of him in the first Fox debate. He said, "There was blood coming out of her wherever." Ivanka, what was your reaction to that?

IVANKA TRUMP: Well, I think a lot of the sensationalism around this was orchestrated largely by the media. Look, my father is very blunt. He's very direct. He is non-gender specific in his criticism of people, and people that he doesn't particularly like or people that he does like but thinks they're wrong on a particular issue.

So, you know, I don't think that he's gender targeted at all. Like I said, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I wouldn't be a high level executive within his organization if he felt that way. So, he's always supported and encouraged women, and truthfully he's proven that over decades through his employment practices, through his hiring practices.

HARLOW: What would a president Trump do for women in this country?

TRUMP: He'd be amazing for women in this country. He would be incredible for women in this country. And he's starting to articulate his position. It's not my place to articulate this for him. I'm not part of the campaign. I'm very busy and he's kept me very busy working alongside my brothers and running the organization now that he's taking the step in terms of his efforts to try and make this country great again, as he says. So, you know, I'll leave policy to him.

HARLOW: Yes.

TRUMP: But I can speak from my vantage point as a child and also from my vantage point as a colleague and somebody who works for him. He's been an amazing parent. He's given me every opportunity to succeed. He's been loving and supportive. He's pushed me. He's corrected me. He's disciplined me, and I think as a parent now myself I appreciate how hard that is more than ever before.

When I was 15 or 16, I was a little less impressed by how tough he was and how he strict he was with us as children. As a parent now, I see just how hard it is to raise children with drive and with passion and with energy who have a well-set moral compass, and he very much did that for me in his role as a father.

And then as an executive, I've seen what an unbelievable leader he is. He's the most formidable negotiator I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of great negotiators. He is also somebody who really encourages people to achieve at their highest level.

He is -- he sets very high goals for everyone who works for him and who works with him, but really he helps them raise the bar for themselves in terms of what they want to accomplish.


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