Advice And Consent

Ivanka Trump, in a recent interview, claimed that she shouldn’t be asked whether she believes the women who have accused President Trump of sexual assault. Such a question, she asserted, is “pretty inappropriate,” and she has the “right” to believe her father.

Others have connected Ivanka Trump’s responses to her advocacy of women’s rights as a member of her father’s White House, as illustrated by Trump’s recent social media post about “women’s incredible contributions to our Nation” (sic). Nevertheless, she seems to be suggesting in this interview that her status as a daughter trumps her role as an adviser.  While she certainly can claim certain conditions of propriety and credibility as a daughter, she cannot dismiss her duties as a presidential adviser, especially given that she hasn’t been elected or otherwise endorsed by the people whose lives could be affected by her advice. 

As such, she should be asked such questions because these address her perspective as an official adviser to the president, who happens to be her father. In fact, we, as Americans, should expect a higher regard for facts and fairness from those who have been selected to advise our elected leaders, as well as a similar regard from our leaders themselves.

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