Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has said she has “no interest in being friends” with Ivanka Trump anymore, despite the pair’s previous close relationship. It was reported that the pair had fallen out following President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential win against her mother Hillary Clinton and while she had previously alluded to the breakdown of their friendship, she slammed Ivanka in a recent interview.
Appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Chelsea said, “I’ve not spoken to her since 2016 and I have no interest in being friends with someone who is not only complicit but actively taking part in this administration’s every day collision of cruelty and incompetence.”
Chelsea explained in an interview with Stephen Colbert this year that she and Ivanka had spoken at the beginning of their parents’ presidential runs, but their relationships eventually changed.
She said, “It’s just really hard when there’s someone who’s actively embracing their candidate — whether it’s their father or not — who is trafficking in racism and sexism and anti-semitism and Islamophobia and homophobia and transphobia and conspiracy theories and lies and is so fundamentally corrupt.”
“I don’t think [Ivanka and her father] are the same by any standard, but I think she’s more than complicit, as anyone who has worked for him for so long by definition is. And I don’t want to be friends with someone like that,” she continued.
Previously in 2015, the pair were believed to be very close and Chelsea praised Ivanka in an American Vogue interview saying there was “nothing skin-deep about Ivanka.”
She told the magazine, “She’s always aware of everyone around her and ensuring that everyone is enjoying the moment. It’s an awareness that in some ways reminds me of my dad, and his ability to increase the joy of the room.”
However their relationship changed in the years following as the Trump administration moved into the White House and Ivanka began to play a more prominent role in politics. When asked if she thought Ivanka should be pitied or seen as complicit in the Trump administration’s actions, Chelsea said, “She’s an adult. She can make the choices for herself. I mean, she’s 36. We are responsible for our choices.”
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“In 2008 I was really proud to support my mum – but I disagreed with her fundamentally on a few things, particularly her then opposition to equal marriage rights for LGBTQ Americans. I never defended that position, because it wasn’t what I believed was the right thing to do,” she added.
The pair were later reunited in 2018 at President George H.W. Bush’s funeral, where they were seated beside one another and seen politely talking.
Good morning Mr. President. It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me. Were you giving our country away? Hoping not. https://t.co/4ODjWZUp0c
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton)
July 10, 2017
Chelsea has made little secret of her distaste for Ivanka’s father President Donald Trump, who announced he had coronavirus hours ago on Twitter.
Speaking to Cohen, she called Trump a “racist, incompetent, miserable ghoul of a human being” and she condemned him this August for his response to the coronavirus crisis. She said, “Trump is an anti-science, narcissistic, conspiracy-peddling racist leader absent of empathy when we need the opposite to confront #covid19.”