President Trump is a divisive character, with some loving his approach to running the US government and others detesting it. Particularly controversial are his comments about immigration, including rhetoric that has been accused of being anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim. For example, he insisted that there needs to be a wall built along the entire US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration, and called for a so-called “Muslim ban”.
Even this week, the President said he plans to add more countries to his existing travel ban, most of which have Muslim-majority populations.
Ivanka and Jared’s social circle involves much of the New York Jewish community, some of whom told author Vicky Ward that they were uneasy with parts of Mr Trump’s rhetoric.
In the 2019 book ‘Kushner Inc’, Ms Ward claimed that, at first, Ivanka and Jared’s business associates were understanding of their familial loyalty during the 2016 presidential campaign.
However, as the campaign went on and Mr Trump continued to say increasingly outrageous things, they were “aghast”.
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Ivanka Trump’s friends claimed they “are not on the side of this craziness” (Image: GETTY)
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One guest at Jared’s 35th birthday party told Ms Ward: “We’re Jews… It’s just as easy to say the Muslims can’t come to the US because they’re going to blow you up and the Mexicans are gonna rape [as it is to say] the Jews are gonna steal all your money.
“And so, we’re not on the side of this sort of craziness, because we’re always the ones being blamed for everything.”
Ivanka is a Jew herself, having converted in 2009 in order to marry Jared, who is from an Orthodox Jewish family.
They have brought their three children up in the Jewish faith too.
Ivanka and Jared got married in 2009 (Image: GETTY)
Several people in the community had also noticed Mr Trump’s reluctance to accept Ivanka’s conversion in the first place.
According to Ms Ward, it had “baffled” and “discombobulated” him.
He apparently said to his political aide Sam Nunberg: “Why should my daughter have to convert to marry anyone?”
However, none of Ivanka or Jared’s friends seemed to believe they supported Mr Trump’s populist platform either.
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Vicky Ward talking to Stephen Colbert on the Late Show (Image: GETTY)
One close associate said: “The two of them see this as a networking opportunity.”
However, it is unclear whether these friends are correct or if they are just trying to reassure themselves.
After all, Ivanka and Jared are both special advisers to the US President – for womens’ issues and strategic planning respectively – which are unprecedented positions in a government for the President’s daughter and son-in-law.
Ivanka has even been dubbed the First Daughter, a nickname she reportedly likes.
What’s more, Ivanka has been very convincing in her ongoing defence of both her father’s words and his actions.
She has backed him to the hilt even on his most outrageous politics and incendiary rhetoric, often playing down quite how outrageous it is.
That said, Ivanka has occasionally expressed that she has a different view to her father on a number of issues, including that she does not agree that the press are the “enemy of the people”.
She has also said that she “frequently” disagrees with him behind the scenes, but prefers to keep this between them.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in South Korea (Image: GETTY)
The First Daughter told ABC in 2018: “He’s my father and he’s my boss and one of the reasons that I have such a good relationship with him is that I am incredibly candid with him.”
Asked whether that means she disagrees with him on occasion, she said: “Oh, frequently.
“And he knows it. He knows exactly where I stand on any issue.”
One of the issues that Ivanka is alleged to have lobbied her father on was the treatment of migrants on the US-Mexico border, including the separation of families and children being kept in cages.
However, it is still unclear whether these disagreements are over individual policies or over the populist platform as a whole.