Ivanka Trump has praised her ‘amazing’ and ‘energetic’ father for beating COVID-19, while celebrating the President’s response to the pandemic – insisting that he took ‘unprecedented’ and ‘early’ action to stop the spread of the virus.
The 38-year-old made the gushing comments at a campaign event in Las Vegas, where she attended an intimate outdoor gathering at a ranch just outside the city.
Wearing a chic white Chanel-style dress from Zara and a chunky gold necklace, the First Daughter put on a glamorous display at the event, where she gave attendees an update on her father’s health, admitting that she had been ‘anxious’ about his hospital stay, but adding that he is ‘doing great’.
Ivanka was introduced at the event by campaign spokesman and deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley, before walking into the venue to the sounds of Elton John’s hit I’m Still Standing – perhaps a nod to her father’s recent recovery from COVID-19.
She continued that theme, but on a more somber note, kicking off the conversation with Hogan by discussing the devastating toll that the pandemic has had on the US and the rest of the world, while adding that she felt an even more personal connection to it in light of her father’s diagnosis.
‘[The loss of life has] been the most punishing elements of this, not just for the United States but for the world,’ she told Hogan at the start of their conversation.
‘And I had a taste of that anxiety last week when I saw my own father go to the hospital to be treated for COVID.
‘And he beat it back, and he did what he does, and he fought hard. It’s amazing. Both him and the First Lady are, thank God, doing very well.’
She joked that her father is ‘rather energetic this week’, noting that this is a sign of how well he is feeling, adding: ‘He’s doing great.’
The mother-of-three, who has spent several days away from home on the campaign trail, having spent Sunday in Arizona, went on to discuss the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, praising her father for taking such ‘early’ and unprecedented action’ to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the US.
‘It has been taxing on this country and the world, and I feel grateful for his leadership because I know what the loss of life could have been if he had not taken such early action to close our country to travel, first from China and then from Europe,’ she said. Advertisement
‘These are unprecedented actions at a time when most people, except through the lens of revisionist history, most people were not taking it seriously, on the Hill or elsewhere.’
Ivanka went on to echo points she had made in Arizona the day before, telling the crowd of about 60 people that the US is ‘well on the way to a vaccine’, insisting that her father’s administration has done ‘in six to seven months what would have taken six to seven years without compromising safety or efficacy’.
‘That’s something that I believe no other President could have done,’ she added.
Despite the criticism that her father faced from some state leaders like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the early days of the pandemic over the need for ventilators, Ivanka said that her father had done everything possible ‘to ensure the governors had what they need’.
Trump and Cuomo became embroiled in a very public battle over the demand for ventilators in the state of New York, with the President making an extraordinary claim on March 26 that Cuomo was exaggerating the need for the medical equipment.
‘Governor Cuomo and others they say they want 30,000 of them. Thirty thousand!’ Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity, speaking of the urgently needed ventilators. ‘Think of this, you go to hospitals and they have one. And now all of a sudden everybody is asking for these vast numbers.’
New York’s Governor responded to the comments by insisting that the President was ‘incorrect and grossly uninformed’, noting that the state was stockpiling ventilators for future use while ‘planning for an apex of the virus’.
At the time, New York had tallied 37,258 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 285 deaths.
Trump’s remarks also came as the US was confirmed to have the most coronavirus cases of anywhere in the world with more than 86,000 infections at the time – overtaking China, which had 81,000, and Italy, which had 80,000.
‘Whether it’s PPE, ventilators,’ she said. ‘Despite the hysteria over ventilators, not one American who needed a ventilator didn’t get one.
‘And that was enormously challenging because this country had a depleted stockpile. So it’s not just [that] we procured them, we built them, leveraging some of our great American auto companies as one example.’ Advertisement
Her statement was certainly at odds with claims that Cuomo made in March, when he lashed out at the President, saying he was ‘grossly uninformed’ about the desperate need for ventilators in New York – which was, at the time, the global epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
Ivanka’s latest comments come less than 24 hours after she addressed similar topics during a much larger campaign event in Arizona on Sunday.
The main event for Ivanka was at the Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale, where she walked out on stage to the sound of The Beatles track Here Comes The Sun.
Ivanka peeled off her face mask to wave and smile at attendees as she arrived at the outdoor gathering in Paradise Valley
She was dressed in a long-sleeve white dress with black stripes, which she paired with a thick black leather belt.
As golfers finished up on the green behind her, she was joined on stage by former White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, who moderated the discussion in front of 200 guests.
Despite the event being held outdoors, attendees still appeared to put themselves at risk of contracting coronavirus as they sat on lawn chair tightly packed into a space.
Ivanka told them a vaccine is ‘coming very quickly.’
‘If anyone has any doubt, I’ll be the first in line. Like, I know the rigorous standards that went into this,’ Ivanka said.
She also once again insisted that her father was ‘doing great’ after his COVID-19 battle, saying the president received ‘good treatment’ and ‘listened to what his doctors advised him.’
It was after a doctor at Walter Reed criticized his ride around the hospital to greet fans because he took to an air-tight vehicle while he was still infected.
Since he left hospital he has also been criticized for making irrational statements that saw shares process immediately dip.
‘If anyone had any question about his health and vitality, I think watching him over the last week would reassure them tremendously,’ Ivanka added.Advertisement
Earlier in the day, Ivanka had toured the American Way Antiques Market owned by Mike and Patrciia Moore. There, she helped employee Shannon Tidwell make cookies at the American Way Market Café.