Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpGrisham: Time in Trump administration 'will follow me forever' Grisham: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump saw themselves as 'shadow president and first lady' Grisham says her 'enabling' cost lives during pandemic MORE on Wednesday thanked her father for signing an executive order that will keep families detained at the border together, marking her first public statement on the issue of family separation.
"Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values;the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families," the president's eldest daughter tweeted.
Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values;the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 20, 2018
President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE reportedly told GOP lawmakers on Tuesday night that his daughter had expressed concern to him over the administration's practice of separating migrant children from their parents.
However, Ivanka Trump issued no public comments on the matter before Wednesday.
During the signing on Wednesday, the president was asked if his daughter had shown him photos of children separated from their parents.
"Ivanka feels very strongly. My wife feels very strongly about it. I feel very strongly about it. I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it," he responded.
"We don't like to see families separated," he added. "At the same time, we don’t want people coming into our country illegally."
Pres. Trump on ending family separation: "Ivanka feels very strongly, my wife feels very strongly about it, I feel very strongly about it. I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it." https://t.co/qfpZFANWj9 pic.twitter.com/O8RxwUkmPF— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 20, 2018
The first lady's spokeswoman issued a statement over the weekend in which she said Melania TrumpMelania TrumpGOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee Ex-Trump aide sues Grisham over abuse allegations MORE "hates to see children separated from their families."
The White House faced mounting pressure as Democrats and Republicans alike spoke out against the policy, calling it "cruel" and "inhumane."
President Trump's decision to sign an executive order to keep families together marks a stark reversal after days of his administration defending the practice and claiming only Congress could address the matter.
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office before signing the document that his “zero tolerance” policy against illegal border crossing will remain in place, but the order will allow children and their parents to remain together while in custody.