Chelsea Clinton: Ivanka Trump Is ‘Absolutely’ a Friend

Their friendship is still intact. Chelsea Clinton opened up this week about her relationship with Ivanka Trump as their parents Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continue to battle it out in the presidential election.

“[We’re] absolutely [friends],” the 36-year-old told Extra on Thursday, July 28. “It has nothing to do with politics. We were friends before this election; we’ll be friends after this election.”

In the meantime, Chelsea and Ivanka, 34, have been focusing on the dueling Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention. Ivanka spoke at the RNC last week, and Chelsea will be introducing the former secretary of state at the DNC in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton
Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton attend the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic

Chelsea also addressed her longtime pal directly during a Facebook Live event with Glamour magazine’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, on Tuesday, July 26.

“[Ivanka] talked about how [her father] would fight for equal pay for equal work and would focus on making quality childcare accessible for all. … If you got to ask her a question about how her father would do that, what would it be?” Lieve asked.

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Chelsea Clinton Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Chelsea replied, “It would be that question: How would your father do that? How would your father do that given it’s not something he’s spoken about? There are no policies on any of those fronts that you just mentioned on his website. Not last week, not this week. So I think the how question is superimportant. In politics as it is in life.”

Chelsea believes that Hillary has been more transparent about her plans. “It really matters to me that my mom in this election consistently has told you how she is going to do everything,” she added. “Whether that’s on gun control or protecting a woman’s right to choose or any of the things we’ve talked about. She also tells you how she’s going to pay for it.”

The mom of two has been watching Ivanka’s comments on the election too. Chelsea told Extra that she thought Ivanka’s RNC speech was “great.”

“I think it was clear last week when Ivanka introduced her dad that she’s so proud of him,” she told the Today show’s Matt Lauer this week. “I don’t expect [Ivanka] to always have to defend her father. I mean, I think it’s clear that Mr. Trump is running his campaign and saying what he thinks is important in this election … my mother’s not engaging in divisive, bigoted rhetoric.”

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