In an interview on Good Morning, Ivanka Trump discussed the viral images taken that show families, including children in diapers, being tear-gassed by U.S. Border Patrol as they approached a partial wall between Mexico and California.
“I think, like any other person with a heart, it’s devastating to see the images, and seeing children put at risk, running towards the border is heartbreaking — there’s no other way to process it,” Ivanka told ABC journalist Deborah Roberts. “It also makes me angry that we haven’t been able to come together as a nation and change our laws.”
.@IvankaTrump on the crisis at the border: "It's devastating to see the images and seeing children put at risk…it makes me angry that we haven't been able to come together as a nation and change our laws." https://t.co/vN9BjW67gR pic.twitter.com/GgyzBsUEHR
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 28, 2018
When asked directly, she denied that her father, President Donald Trump, had authorized the use of lethal force at the border.
“I don’t believe that’s what he said, but his primary role as commander in chief is obviously to protect the nation’s borders,” she said. “He has to protect our country’s security, but I don’t — lethal force in this case, that is not something that I think anyone is talking about.”
Then, she was confronted with footage of her father saying exactly that — “If they have to, they’re going to use lethal force. I’ve given the okay … I hope they don’t have to,” the president told reporters on Thanksgiving.
Backtracking, she answered, “So lethal force under any circumstance would be the last resort, but he is the commander in chief of the armed forces of this country, so he always has to be able to protect the border.”
She then spoke about the families and children seeking asylum who may have been subject to said forces: “He’s not talking about … innocent asylum seekers … Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt, and I think for many months we’ve talked about finding that bipartisan solution, fixing this border crisis, and no one can now look at the situation we have and say that our border is not in crisis. It is,” she said.