During an Axios interview on Thursday, Ivanka Trump said that she opposes the administration's practice of separating families at the border, agreeing with other White House staffers that it's a "a low point in the White House". Ivanka admitted that immigration is an "incredibly complex topic", and "illegal immigration is incredibly complex".
"So we have to be very careful about incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk of being trafficked", said Trump, a mother of three.
In November, as Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore faced accusations of misconduct with teen girls when he was in his 30s, Ivanka Trump declared "there´s a special place in hell for people who prey on children".
Earlier this year, the Trump administration's immigration "zero-tolerance" policy resulted in the separation of thousands of children from their families. "I did not feel comfortable with that", she said.
She said she's been the subject of inaccurate reporting in the past so she understands why some people feel sensitive or targeted by the media. "Sometimes it feels like a whiny slap fight between the two and I wish they would step back and understand their respective roles".
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.
Jennifer Rubin, a conservative writer for the Washington Post, argued in an op-ed that no one should no longer have any illusions about Ivanka Trump's failure to uphold a standard of moral decency in the White House. I am the daughter of an immigrant, my mother grew up in communist Czech Republic, but we are a country of laws.
"These are not easy issues".
Instead, like other Trump administration officials, she implicitly questioned the wisdom of the parents who bring their children to the USA border. She called Johnson leaving prison "one of the most handsome things I've ever seen".
During the discussion, Trump explained why she recently made a decision to close her fashion business. "I experience them in a very emotional way".
Melania visited a border patrol centre in Arizona and said she aimed to "educate" herself about current immigration issues.