Ivanka Trump Reacts to GOP Leaders Not Attending the Republican National Convention

Trump, 34, called her dad's campaign a "forward-looking moment."

ByABC News
July 18, 2016, 3:07 PM

— -- Ivanka Trump said the presidential campaign of her father, Donald Trump, is a “forward-looking moment.”

The 34-year-old also said she is not hurt that major figures in the Republican Party — George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain and Ohio Gov. John Kasich among them — will not be attending the Republican National Convention, which kicked off today in Cleveland.

“That’s their choice if they don’t want to be part of the narrative, if they don’t want to be part of the future,” Ivanka Trump told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer in an interview today in New York City. “But this really is about a forward-looking moment.”

Tune in to “Good Morning America” tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., ET, for more of Lara’s one-on-one interview with Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump, a key adviser in her father’s campaign, acknowledged that he has bothered some in the party in his unlikely path from real estate mogul and reality TV star to presidential hopeful.

“My father is an outsider, and we went through a very tough primary,” Trump said. “And he emerged from that the winner, but there were certainly ruffled feathers along the way.”

Trump, the mother of three young children with her husband, real estate investor and New York Observer owner Jared Kushner, is scheduled to speak at the convention on Thursday. Her speech will come on the same night her father is expected to accept the Republican Party’s nomination for president.

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