Ivanka Trump Says Her Friendship With Chelsea Clinton Will Survive The Election
Ivanka Trump knows there are certain things you shouldn’t talk about with friends—like politics. Despite the fact that their parents are bashing one another on the presidential campaign trail, Ivanka Trump says she is still good friends with Chelsea Clinton.
In an interview with People, Trump admitted that while there’s “certainly tremendous intensity around both of our lives right now,” she maintains that she will always be friends with the daughter of Hillary Clinton.
Ivanka, 34, and Chelsea, 36, bonded when they were growing up because their parents were friends. Altough Hillary Clinton was even a guest at Donald Trump’s 2005 wedding to Melania, the good times between the parents are over thanks to campaign mudslinging. But that doesn’t mean Ivanka and Chelsea’s friendship will end.
“We’re both incredibly supportive of our parents, as we should be,” Ivanka Trump told People. “But we also continue to have great respect for one another.”
Ivanka Trump went on to say that “friendship is always more important than politics” and that she grew up watching her parents befriend “people across the political spectrum in Arkansas.” As for her friendship with Chelsea, Ivanka said it’s never been about anything other than their fondness for one another.
“Our friendship has never been about politics,” Trump said. “I don’t expect it will be about politics in the future.”
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Earlier this year, Chelsea Clinton told Cosmopolitan that she and Ivanka don’t discuss their parents’ campaigns with each other, and she predicted that their friendship will withstand the political turmoil.
“I am absolutely friends with Ivanka and I am grateful for her friendship. And I’m always going to believe, because this is how my parents raised me, that friendship is more important than politics. And we were friends before the campaign and I have no doubt that we’ll be friends after the campaign. But no, we don’t talk about politics, because that’s not where our friendship began and it’s certainly, thankfully, not where our friendship will end.”
Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, have gone out on double dates with Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Chelsea once told Vogue that Ivanka has “an awareness” that reminds her of her dad’s ability to “increase the joy of the room.”
“There’s nothing skin-deep about Ivanka,” Chelsea said. “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.”
While they no longer talk politics, that wasn’t always the case. Chelsea previously told Entertainment Tonight that she and Trump talk about everything.
“Ivanka and I talk about everything,” Clinton told ET’s Kevin Frazier last fall. “I’m so grateful she’s my friend. I think she’s a great woman, and I support her as I support all my friends.”
The Trump and Clinton daughters clearly have a lot in common. Their political parallels aside, they’re both new moms who live in Manhattan and hold high-level jobs within their family businesses, with Ivanka working as a top executive at the Trump Organization and Chelsea at the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative.
Ivanka and Chelsea both also married men of the Jewish faith and their young children are close in age, Ivanka is mom to Arabella, 5, Joseph, 2, and Theodore, 3 months, while Chelsea is mom to Charlotte, 22 months, and Aidan, 1 month. Playdates without politics? It can happen!
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Donald Trump previously told People that his fake friendship with Hillary was just for business reasons. But it sounds like their daughters’ bond is the real deal.
Take a look at the video below to see Chelsea Clinton talking about her friendship with Ivanka Trump.
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