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FRIENDS NO MORE? Chelsea Clinton Slams Ivanka Trump

In an interview published on Saturday, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton took a swipe at eldest Trump daughter and Trump administration advisor Ivanka Trump, adding credence to rumors that their longstanding friendship has crumbled post-election.

The knock against Ivanka came when Guardian reporter Decca Aitkenhead asked Chelsea if the current First Daughter is “complicit” for doing “her father’s grotesque bidding.”

“We are meeting two days after a smiling Ivanka Trump opened the US embassy in Jerusalem, as dozens of Palestinians were massacred,” prompted Aitkenhead. “I ask if Clinton feels any sympathy for the first daughter, obliged to do her father’s grotesque bidding, or considers her complicit.”

While (unconvincingly) maintaining that the two are still friends — though they admittedly have not talked in a “long time” — Chelsea smacked Ivanka for not speaking out against some of President Donald Trump’s policies as Chelsea apparently did with her own mother, twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“She’s an adult,” Chelsea answered. “She can make the choices for herself. We are responsible for our choices.”

The 38-year-old then illustrated her point by applauding her own actions. “In 2008 I was really proud to support my mum — but I disagreed with her fundamentally on a few things, particularly her then opposition to equal marriage rights for LGBTQ Americans,” she said. “I never defended that position, because it wasn’t what I believed was the right thing to do.”

Appearing on “The Ellen Show” during the 2016 presidential campaign, Chelsea credited herself with her mother’s position-change on gay marriage after her own position was “crystallized” in 2010 when she was married.

“When I got married in 2010 to my best friend it just crystallized so fundamentally to me that everyone should be allowed to marry their best friend. … So I joined the equal marriage fight in New York and we got equal marriage in New York in 2011,” said Chelsea.

As early as 2015, Chelsea praised Ivanka for her warmth and depth. “She’s always aware of everyone around her and ensuring that everyone is enjoying the moment. It’s an awareness that in some ways reminds me of my dad, and his ability to increase the joy of the room. There’s nothing skin-deep about Ivanka,” she told Vogue.