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Ivanka Trump Says She and Chelsea Clinton Are Still Close Despite Election: 'Of Course We're Still Friends'

by John Boone 10:17 AM PDT, August 08, 2016
Playing Ivanka Trump Says She and Chelsea Clinton Are Still Close Despite Election: 'Of Course We're Still Friends'

Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton aren't letting a little old thing like the election get in the way of their friendship.

Despite some of the uglier aspects of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's race for the White House -- he regularly calls her "crooked Hillary Clinton" and worse, she has blasted him as "offensive" and "outrageous" -- their daughters have remained close, Ivanka reveals in the September issue of Harper's BAZAAR.

"I still consider her a very close friend, and she considers me as well," she tells the magazine. "We have a great relationship. I'm not running for public office, and neither is she, so of course we're still friends."

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Ivanka and Chelsea have more in common than the fact that they both gave speeches at the RNC and DNC, respectively. They're moms -- Ivanka has 4-year-old Arabella and 2-year-old Joseph and gave birth to baby Theo on March 27; Chelsea has 1-year-old Charlotte and she welcomed baby Aidan on June 18 -- and both ladies hold key positions within their parents' organizations.

As for the rumor that Ivanka is also the one calling the shots behind the scenes of Donald's campaign, she rebuffs. "I'm definitely not. His campaign is his campaign," she explains. "We have worked together for over a decade, and I love my father. I respect my father. I also understand him and how he thinks…My role is daughter."

When asked whether she might follow her father's footsteps into politics one day, the 34-year-old businesswoman is cautious to say "never say never."

"I do believe that in life there are so many things I'm doing today that I never thought I'd be doing, so I generally take that perspective," she says. "But I said that and the headline was 'Ivanka Might Run for Office,' so...But, no, it's not something I think I would ever do."

Meanwhile, ET recently spoke with Chelsea, where she said of her friendship with Ivanka, "Our friendship didn't start with politics and it will last long after this race is done." Hear more from the former first daughter in the video below!

Photo: Mark Seliger
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