Asking how she feels about the accusation, Trump defended herself.
“I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I am doing,” she said. “So I hope to make a positive impact.”
The interview, taped at her Washington home, was Trump’s first since her father, President Donald Trump, assumed office in January.
Since officially joining her father’s administration as special assistant to the President, she has slowly ramped up her public appearances, speaking last week at an event promoting young woman in STEM and discussing apprenticeships and vocational training earlier Tuesday.
Though she initially eschewed a defined role — she once said, “I’m going to be a daughter” in her father’s White House — Trump said her path to formally joining the administration happened “organically” during the early days of the presidency.
“I realized that having one foot in and one foot out wouldn’t work,” she said. “And the reality is that it all happened very organically for me.”