Chelsea Clinton no longer friends with Ivanka, has ‘no interest in someone complicit’ in Trump administration
The two shared a close friendship once but appearing on Thursday's 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen', the 40-year-old shared that she hasn't been in contact with Ivanka Trump since the 2016 election
Chelsea Clinton says she has is no longer interested in sharing a cordial relationship with Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump. She recently opened about her former friendship with the first daughter.
"I have no interest in someone who is not only complicit but actively taking part in this administration's everyday collision of cruelty and incompetence," Chelsea Clinton said.
Appearing on Thursday's 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen', the 40-year-old shared that she hasn't been in contact with her since the 2016 election in which her father Donald Trump was running against Chelsea's mother former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The author and mother of three was answering Cohen's query about the old friendship, which has been public knowledge way before Trump and Hillary competed in the elections. Cohen asked her if there was ever a moment during the 2016 presidential election cycle "where you wanted to text her and be like 'hey, we're friends - this is insane what your father is saying about my mom.'"
"We were in touch at the beginning of the campaign but it's just really hard when there's someone who's actively embracing their candidate - whether it's their father or not - who is trafficking in racism and sexism and antisemitism and islamophobia and homophobia and transphobia and conspiracy theories and lies," Chelsea elaborated to Cohen.
At the same time, she said, "It's so fundamentally corrupt. I don't think they're the same by any standard. But I think she's more than complicit as anyone who has worked for him for so long by definition is."
Finally, Chelsea concluded the conversation around her friendship with Ivanka with a strong "I don't want to be friends with someone like that." This is not the time first that she expressed disapproval of Trump's daughter. Two years ago during an appearance on the 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert', she said "It's clear that she has supported policies and decisions that I don't agree with. I've been very vocal about my opposition to President Trump," she continued.
But this was not the case a few years ago. In fact, there was a time when the two were quite good friends regardless of politics.
In different interviews in the past, the two have praised each other. In fact, Chelsea has also reportedly said that she is "really grateful" for the friendship. In 2015, Chelsea had said, "She's always aware of everyone around her and ensuring that everyone is enjoying the moment... There's nothing skin-deep about Ivanka. And I think that's a real tribute to her because certainly anyone as gorgeous as she is could have probably gone quite far being skin-deep." In yet another interview Chelsea gave in 2015, she had said, "Friendship is always more important than politics. I learned that growing up, watching my parents be friends with people across the political spectrum in Arkansas."
In another interview, Ivanka had spoken about their friendship that apparently has "never been about politics". "Our friendship has never been about politics," she had said. "I don't expect it will be about politics in the future."
"We are [friendly]," Ivanka had said in 2016, "There's certainly tremendous intensity around both of our lives right now." Despite the extremely stressful election and the constant jabs exchanged from both sides, at the time, Ivanka had said that she and Chelsea have remained close. "We're both incredibly supportive of our parents, as we should be. But we also continue to have great respect for one another."