During an exclusive interview on Good Morning America Wednesday morning, first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump discussed the crisis at the border and the recent photos of United States border patrol using tear gas on a group of migrants, which included families and young children.
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She told correspondent Deborah Roberts, "I think, like any other person with a heart, it's devastating to see the images and seeing children put at risk, running towards the border is heartbreaking. There's no other way to process it. It also makes me angry. It makes me angry that we haven't been able to come together as a nation and change our laws."
Roberts then asked Ivanka if it concerns her that President Trump has said he would authorize lethal force at the border, if necessary. Ivanka responded by saying she doesn't believe her father said that or that anyone would be talking about lethal force, prompting the news network to inform her that, well, he did.
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Ivanka then clarified, "Lethal force under any circumstance would be the last resort, but he is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces of this country, so he always has to be able to protect the border. He's not talking about innocents. He's not talking about innocent asylum seekers."
President Trump has since defended the use of tear gas, saying, "They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas. Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally."
During her interview with Good Morning America, Ivanka also discussed her personal and professional relationship with President Trump, explaining that she is "incredibly candid" with him and that she frequently disagrees with him. "And he knows it," she said. "He knows exactly where I stand on any issue."