Donald Trump got some support yesterday in his war of words with Rosie O’Donnell – from his 25-year-old daughter, Ivanka.
Ivanka, a vice president of real estate development at the Trump Organization, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show with her father to promote “The Apprentice,” which begins its new season Sunday. She will be joining Trump in the boardroom.
“Today” co-host Meredith Vieira’s first questions, The Associated Press reports, were about Trump’s feud with O’Donnell, the outspoken moderator of “The View.” The 44-year-old comedian was hired by the daytime talk show’s creator Barbara Walters after Vieira left the ABC show last year to join “Today.”
Ivanka said O’Donnell had “instigated” the exchange of verbal hostilities and had been “bullying people for a long time.” “I think it was unfair, it was uncalled for and, quite frankly, there was no reason for it,” she said of O’Donnell’s recent remarks, which include saying The Donald has been “bankrupt so many times.”
“As my father said, she, too, has had a lot of second chances,” Ivanka said. “You know, there’s nothing surprising about the fact that my dad’s gonna come back with a vengeance anytime anyone says anything negative against him.”