August 31, 2016 09:52 PM EDT
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Watch: Ivanka Trump talk about her dad and the value of taking your kids to work.
Ivanka Trump says that the American people will know where her father stands on every issue, unlike other politicians who twist words or stick to talking points.
“He’s not a politician. He says what he means and means what he says, and I think his candor is something that is sadly highly unusual in politics, something as voters we’re not accustomed to,” she said.
While Trump often makes public comments that have seemed to many to push the boundaries of acceptable political discourse in the U.S., his unvarnished style wins support, she said.
Ivanka, a consultant to her dad’s White House bid, sat down with Circa at Trump headquarters in New York City Tuesday, saying you don’t have to agree with him to know where he’s coming from.
“So, you know, the media will talk and interpret and suggest and guess, but all you have to do is listen to him, and I think that people really respect that.”
Ivanka, who runs several businesses and is the busy mother of three, said that while he may come across as brash, the man she wants people to know is someone you can trust.
He taught her great life lessons she’s passing on to her own children, like exposing her kids to the workplace early.
During our interview, her eldest child, Arabella, 5, was coloring pictures in her mom’s office.
Some of her greatest memories of her childhood were spent with her father at work.
“A lot of those afternoons were spent sitting on the floor of my father’s office while he had meetings and I would play with Legos and erector sets and bring coloring books similar to what my daughter’s doing in my office right now,” she said.
She did the same with her mother, Ivana Trump, then a top executive with the Trump organization, whose work often took her to The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
“I’d follow her to work, I’d go to the Plaza Hotel and traipse around behind her as she walked around with the management team and did the rounds, so that was very integrated into my childhood,” she said.
She boasts about a father and mother who, despite their privilege, instilled in them the value of love of family, hard work, straight talk and taking the time to slow down and listen.
Slowing down and listening, between raising her three kids — Arabella, 5, Joseph Frederick, 2, and Theodore, 5 months — with husband Jared Kushner and working, can be difficult.
“I really try and think about my life as being a bit of a marathon and not a sprint,” she said. “But for the most part balance is elusive, you’re one child’s sickness away from all balance going out the window or a big deal comes up and that throws off your balance. So I’m working on being less hard about maintaining some sort of perfect balance.”
She described her passion for her #WomenWhoWork website, part of a campaign that gives support to working women, and her clothing line. But amid the craziness of juggling it all, she said her most important role was being a mother and being a wife.
“So some days I do better than others,” Ivanka added. “But is one day that’s fun because I get to fuse the two.”
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