Ivanka Trump said she drafted a “clarification” that was not used last summer over Donald Trump’s comments about Mexico sending “rapists” to the United States, according to a deposition from this summer.
Ivanka Trump’s deposition is part of a lawsuit between a chef who pulled out of the Trumps’ Washington, D.C., hotel property following the Republican nominee’s comments, BuzzFeed reported Saturday. An August 2015 New York Magazine article first reported Ivanka Trump had drafted statements to walk back from her father’s comments, but a spokesperson for Ivanka Trump declined to comment at the time.
When Ivanka’s father, a New York business mogul, announced his presidential campaign in June 2015, he said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
“His statements were mischaracterized as being a categorical attack on Hispanics,” Ivanka Trump said during her deposition when asked whether she had drafted a statement, according to the report. “And I felt that it was very important that he clarified the fact that that was not the case. He had not said that. He had not attacked Hispanic people. But that was the immediate narrative that had been spun.”
Trump said she wanted a clarification, not a retraction, from her father because she felt that his “comments were being misconstrued.”
In the deposition, Trump was asked to share what her statement said.
“It said that I — it said — basically I was playing around with the idea of the fact that the media was spinning what he said to be about Hispanic people generally, as opposed to illegal immigrants, which he subsequently clarified on his own in countless interviews,” Trump said. “And the fact that my father has a tremendous relationship with people of Hispanic descent.”