The friendship between Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump—both New York-based children of high-powered, well-off families—managed to survive the 2016 presidential campaign, but ever since Donald Trump was sworn into office, a significant rift has developed between the two. In a new, revealing interview with The Guardian, Clinton explained that she and Trump’s eldest daughter haven’t formally fallen out, but they haven’t spoken to each other in “a long time.”
While speaking to The Guardian, Clinton got honest about many aspects of her life, including her opinions on a certain First Family. As a daughter of the president, Ivanka Trump has a position familiar to Clinton, though Clinton was a child during most of her father’s White House tenure. But Clinton has expectations for how an adult child of the president ahould behave— and when it comes to Ivanka, Clinton, diplomatically, let it be known that she disapproves.
“She’s an adult. She can make the choices for herself,” Clinton said. “I mean, she’s 36. We are responsible for our choices. In 2008 I was really proud to support my mum – but I disagreed with her fundamentally on a few things, particularly her then opposition to equal marriage rights for LGBTQ Americans. I never defended that position, because it wasn’t what I believed was the right thing to do.”
She said she would never have worked for her mother’s administration if she had been elected, but that the Trump children are “adults who’ve made the decision to work in this administration.”
When asked whether she also disapproves, as many do, with Trump hiring his family for insider positions in his administration, Clinton answered, “I think the president should be able to hire whoever he or she thinks are best qualified. I do not believe that many of the people that he has hired have been qualified to do the jobs. Not only do I want an administration that isn’t venal, corrupt and focused on making life harder for millions of Americans, I also want a competent administration. So for me, the larger question is the collision of cruelty and incompetence and corruption that we see across the administration.”