Ivanka Trump spoke out about her dad Donald Trump's "inappropriate and offensive" 2005 comments about women in a statement published on Monday, October 17, more than a week after the shocking video leaked online.
"My father's comments were clearly inappropriate and offensive and I'm glad that he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the American people," the 34-year-old businesswoman said in a statement to Fast Company.
As Us Weekly previously reported, footage of Donald, 70, making lewd remarks about women in a conversation with Billy Bush was released by The Washington Post on October 7. The recording depicted the real estate mogul bragging about groping women and grabbing them "by the p–sy."
The video, which rocked the presidential campaign, ultimately led to Bush's departure from the Today show. The official announcement of his exit was made Monday night following days of speculation. In a statement to Us Weekly, the talk show host said, "I am deeply grateful for the conversation I've had with my daughters, and for all of the support from my family, friends and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead."
Ivanka issued her statement on the Trump tapes to Fast Company weeks after she told the news outlet that the negative press surrounding her family made her stronger.
"I mean, it's been a year and a half of enormous scrutiny, of my family, every business, every movement, action," she said in an interview, which was published on Monday alongside the new statement. "But I think that, you know, that sort of comes with the territory. And I think I've probably learned a lot through it and I've probably grown a bit tougher in terms of my resilience toward what is thrown our way because, you know, I've read some very negative stuff."
The former model added, "The greatest comfort I have is the fact that I know my father. Most of the people who write about him don't. I do. So that gives me an ability to shrug off the things that I read about him that are wrong."
Ivanka also told the site that she doesn't plan to join her father's administration if he's elected president in November, saying, "No, I don't intend to be part of the government."
The Republican presidential candidate's eldest daughter has been by his side throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, often traveling to rallies and debates in support of her father. She also works as the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization, where she oversees the company's real estate and hotel management platforms.
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