Ivanka Trump thanks her father for ending family separations

Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel 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.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment 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.

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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."

The first lady's spokeswoman issued a statement over the weekend in which she said Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report White House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report Trump compares Melania to Jackie Kennedy: 'We have our own Jackie O' 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.