Ivanka Trump is facing criticism on Twitter after stating in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation that immigration isn’t part of her “portfolio” while generally dodging questions about family separation policies at the U.S.-Mexico border. When host Margaret Brennan brought up her previous objection to the policy and reminded her there are still about 900 migrant children currently separated from their families, Ivanka echoed her dad’s talking points.
“Immigration is not part of my portfolio, obviously,” she said. “I think everyone should be engaged, and the full force of the U.S. government is committed to this effort of border security, to protecting the most vulnerable. That includes those being trafficked across our border, which this president has committed to countering and combating human trafficking in an incredibly comprehensive, aggressive way.”
On @FaceTheNation, Ivanka Trump is asked if she remains engaged on migrant family separations — a policy in her father's administration that she previously criticized.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 29, 2019
Trump critics quickly took issue with her statement, pointing out that thousands of migrant children have simply been lost by the Department of Homeland Security, resulting in concerns that many of those kids may have been funneled into human trafficking rings. Others were disturbed by the coldness of Ivanka’s response, wondering if there were any human atrocities she could care about without them being in her “portfolio.”
“Immigration is not part of my portfolio, obviously.”
Whoa! Slow that roll, @FaceTheNation. Ivanka’s staying in her tidy, lazy little lane. Trump’s systematic torture plots to terrorize immigrant families and their children are simply NOT Ivanka’s issue. pic.twitter.com/3caATZrR3W
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) December 30, 2019
Asylum seekers, who at the time were legally allowed to cross into the U.S. to seek refuge, have also been victims of the family separation policy. Furthermore, in spite of Donald Trump’s supposed order to stop, the ACLU found that his administration was still separating families as recently as late July 2019. So it’s not surprising that many people have zero patience for excuses.
Hey, Ivanka, is being human “part of your portfolio?”
— Joyful🍑Opposition (@roywlewis) December 30, 2019
Ivanka Trump: "Immigration is not in my portfolio".
Nor is caring about the torture of separated families.
Stalin: "Prison reform is not in my portfolio."
Nor are humane gulags
Marie Antoinette: "Hunger is not in my portfolio"
So let them eat cake. pic.twitter.com/ILGjFjioRV
— Dr. Robert Fortuna (@psychdr100) December 30, 2019
If you wonder why Ivanka never spoke up as a 16 year old host of Miss Teen USA as her father lined up teenage girls and ‘inspected’ them. It’s because sexual assault was never part of her portfolio. @realDonaldTrump
— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) December 30, 2019
Some are also very displeased with Face the Nation for the dubious claim that Ivanka was outspoken against family separation and for giving her a pass on her answer.
CBS' interview of Ivanka Trump is very bad.
Worse part is when @margbrennan asserts that Ivanka was "vocal" in her opposition to Trump's family separation policy.
Ivanka REMAINED SILENT and only expressed opposition, when asked, AFTER Trump rescinded it via executive order pic.twitter.com/NFpUCAJZiy
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 29, 2019
Ivanka being outspoken against
Family separation pic.twitter.com/M6hr9ZVieA
— Happy Drew Year! 🎉 (@NiceDrewishFela) December 29, 2019
She answered she FELT strongly about it.
She was not publicly vocal opposing it as it was being implemented.
No public statement or press release.
That is not vocal opposition pic.twitter.com/YDMo6Rof0s
— Hispanic Citizen (@US_Latino) December 29, 2019