In a new interview with The Associated Press, Ivanka Trump acknowledged that she wasn’t centered on uncovering the identify of the nameless Ukraine whistleblower. Her place offered a stark distinction to that of her father, President Donald Trump, and his supporters, who’ve constantly tried to mark the identification of the intelligence skilled who set the impeachment inquiry in movement. In the interview, Ivanka mentioned the whistleblower’s identification was “not particularly relevant.”
Newsweek has not verified the identification of the whistleblower.
In the interview, Trump primarily questioned “intent and motivation,” slightly than the whistleblower’s identification, a place that echoed many on the correct who pointed to a collection of 2017 tweets by the alleged whistleblower’s lawyer that proclaimed “a coup has started,” as Fox News reported.
“That person’s identity is known. It’s all over the internet,” the White House aide continued, repeating some extent her brother, Donald Trump Jr., made Thursday throughout an look on The View.
Trump additionally stood by the transcript of the telephone name between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the president launched by the White House. When the interviewer asserted that the transcript was not full, she responded, “This is protocol. This is standard operation procedure for the National Security Council.” She additionally mentioned the whistleblower “shouldn’t be a substantive part of the conversation, because this is a third party, who was not privy to the call and did not have firsthand information.”
While she didn’t discover the whistleblower’s identification essential, Trump did say that she agrees with the president that the impeachment inquiry is an effort in “overturning the results of the 2016 election.” Despite her disapproval of the congressional train, Trump informed the AP that such makes an attempt had been par for the course. “Since the election, this has been the experience that our administration and our family has been having,” she mentioned. She additionally added that the Trump administration is unfazed by the efforts.
“To us, it’s really been like this from the beginning. We are totally laser-focused on putting wins on the board for the American people.”
Trump went on to check her father to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. “This is not a new experience for my father. This has been the experience of most,” she mentioned earlier than referencing a biography of Jefferson. “Abraham Lincoln was famously, even within his own cabinet, surrounded by people who were former political adversaries,” she continued, calling the scenario a “norm.” “History tends to repeat itself,” Trump concluded.
Trump additionally insisted that the 2020 election needs to be the main focus as a substitute of the impeachment inquiry. “Rather than wait, under a year, until the people can decide for themselves based on his record and based on his accomplishments, this new effort has commenced,” she mentioned.