Donald Trump’s “first daughter” is stepping forward to defend her father against claims that he is a sexist who mistreats women following a scathing report by The New York Times.
Trump told “CBS This Morning,” that her father has “total respect” for women and that he’s “not a groper,” as the report claimed. Trump’s camp has bashed the Times’ reporting, even asking for a retraction and mentioning a lawsuit. Trump’s lawyer has since said there is no plan to take legal action against the paper.
The junior Trump –who said she is a feminist— denied claims that her dad frequently comments on women’s bodies and appearances. She also said she did not believe her father wrongly touched a woman during a meeting.
“Well, look, I’m not in every interaction my father has,” said Ivanka Trump. “But he’s not a groper. It’s not who he is.”
Trump said her father was promoting women within his business before it was popular to do so.
Trump, who has previously supported Hillary Clinton, said she feels the Democratic front-runner is making gender a factor in the race.
“I think she’s using gender as well,” Ivanka Trump said of Clinton. “I’m not going to advocate for a female leader who I’m voting for solely on the basis of gender. And I think a lot of people feel that way.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.