Ivanka Trump criticizes family separations but says issue is 'complex'

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have outlasted some of their critics in the White House

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have outlasted some of their critics in the White House Credit EPA Olivier Douliery

She added that "we have to be careful about incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk", by encouraging unsafe journeys across the border.

Ivanka Trump also said she agreed with the view that the separation of children from their parents at the border was a "low point" for the administration.

"I felt very strongly about that and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children so I would agree with that sentiment", Ivanka said.

"I used to be in NY, an entrepreneur, think about work-life balance", she said. "These are incredibly hard issues", she said.

As President Donald Trump struggled to clarify daughter Ivanka's rejection of his "enemy of the people" label for the media, one Fox News panelist said she was simply exhausted of the fighting.

White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump speaks alongside US President Donald Trump at US Steel's Granite City Works in Granite City, Illinois, July 26, 2018.

Ivanka Trump said she was moved by watching news coverage of Johnson leaving prison and running into the arms of her waiting family. "So I've. had some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they sort of feel targeted".

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"At the same time, the media is not pulling any punches either", she added. But as of last week´s deadline, 711 of the roughly 2,500 separated children were still not reunited with their parents, and officials were unable to clarify when they would see their family.

The president has broadly labelled the news media the "enemy of the people" and regularly accuses reporters of spreading "fake news" - his term for stories he dislikes.

Ivanka said that while she sympathises with immigrant families, she doesn't want to sound like she is "incentivising" illegal entry into the country.

"No, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people", Ivanka said.

Melania visited a border patrol centre in Arizona and said she aimed to "educate" herself about current immigration issues.

"They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people", he said.

However, Trump eventually caved to pressure and signed an executive order in June halting the separations. She also made the move after controversy over a jacket she chose to wear during the scandal which said, 'I really don't care.

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