President Trump’s daughter, who also serves as a White House Advisor, recently shared a photo of her enjoying a Sunday afternoon with her son, Theodore.
Ivanka’s critics quickly pointed out the juxtaposition and the timing of the post, given the recent news of migrant families being separated by immigrant agents.
According to TIME, many of Ivanka’s social media followers have pointed out that Ivanka’s father, President Donald Trump, has overseen a new immigrant policy that has for the most part split families apart. Last week the hashtag #wherearethechildren began circulating on social media over the treatment of children at the U.S. and Mexico border.
As a matter of fact, one report suggests that U.S. border agents have separated as much as 1,500 children from their families. Officials have placed them in protective custody as their parents face prosecution. It’s a component of the zero tolerance immigrant policy that the Trump administration has been responsible for creating.
MSNBC television host Joy Reid was one of the first critics to comment on Ivanka’s controversial post. She tweeted, “You’d almost never know her father’s administration, to which she is an adviser, was brutally separating migrant children from their asylum-seeking parents and lost track of 1,500 of them…”
You’d almost never know her father’s administration, to which she is an adviser, was brutally separating migrant children from their asylum-seeking parents and lost track of 1,500 of them... https://t.co/sMQ2GWA2zY— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 27, 2018
Of course, this isn’t the first time that critics have lashed out at Ivanka Trump for her social media posts. Last year she was also accused of being tone deaf when she posted a photo of her and her husband Jared Kushner preparing for a black tie gala in Washington, D.C.. This happened at the same time American citizens were taking the streets to protest President Trump’s ban on refugees all throughout the country.
Ivanka was also slammed for posting an Instagram photo of herself praising her father's new tax reform on the same night that former First Lady Barbara Bush had died. She wrote, "This year’s #TaxDay is the last time you’ll have to file your taxes through an outdated, broken system. #BYE-BYE."
So far Ivanka Trump herself has not made any comments about the controversy, nor has she taken the photo down.