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.”

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.”

Ivanka said in 2018 that she was “very vehemently against family separation,” but still supported her father’s non-solution to the problem he created: “Don’t come to our country illegally.”

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.

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.

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*First Published: December 30, 2019, 11:36 am