Ivanka Trump Breaks Silence On Dad’s ‘Offensive’ Groping Comments

October 18, 2016 5:45 p.m.

Ivanka Trump finally broke her silence about predatory comments her father made on a leaked hot mic tape from 2005, calling those remarks “inappropriate and offensive” in a statement to Fast Company.

Trump issued a one-sentence statement after being interviewed by the magazine for a story published Monday about the stress of the media attention during the election.

“My father’s comments were clearly inappropriate and offensive and I’m glad that he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the American people,” she said.

And while she characterized the statements Donald Trump made about grabbing women “by the pussy” in the “Access Hollywood” recording as unacceptable, she said that stories about him don’t change her view of her father.

“The greatest comfort I have is the fact that I know my father,” Ivanka Trump said. “Most of the people who write about him don’t. I do. So, that gives me an ability to shrug off the things that I read about him that are wrong.”

Trump has been noticeably silent following the release of the tape earlier this month. She did several events on behalf of the campaign, but hasn’t commented on the “Access Hollywood” tape until now.

While Trump denied that her father is sexist, she told Fast Company that she experiences sexism when people refer to her as her father’s “surrogate wife.”

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