Chelsea Clinton Says She Has “No Interest” in Being Friends With Ivanka Trump Again

Paulina Jayne Isaac
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From Cosmopolitan

  • Chelsea Clinton explained why she and Ivanka Trump are no longer friends.

  • Chelsea and Ivanka stayed friends during the 2016 presidential campaign, in which their parents were running against each other.

Opposites don’t always attract—at least not when it comes to politics. Despite Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump’s conflicting political ideologies, they stayed friends during the 2016 presidential campaign even though Ivanka’s father, Donald Trump, and Chelsea’s mother, Hillary Clinton, were running against each other. In a recent virtual appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Chelsea told Andy Cohen that she and Ivanka are no longer on speaking terms.

“I’ve not spoken to her since 2016. I have no interest in being friends with someone who is not only complicit but actively taking part in this administration’s everyday collision of cruelty and incompetence. So, that’s the answer,” she said. “We were in touch at the beginning of the campaign, but it’s just really hard when there’s someone who’s actively embracing their candidate, whether it’s their father or not, who is trafficking in racism and sexism and antisemitism and Islamophobia and homophobia and transphobia and conspiracy theories and lies and is so fundamentally corrupt.”

Chelsea and Ivanka actively contributed to the 2016 presidential campaign and introduced their family members at the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention, respectively. Ivanka is now a senior adviser in the White House.

Photo credit: Laura Cavanaugh - Getty Images
Photo credit: Laura Cavanaugh - Getty Images

In 2016, Chelsea spoke to Cosmopolitan about her then-friendship with Ivanka. “I am grateful for her friendship. And I’m always going to believe, because this is how my parents raised me, that friendship is more important than politics,” she explained at the time. “And we were friends before the campaign and I have no doubt that we’ll be friends after the campaign. But no, we don’t talk about politics, because that’s not where our friendship began and it’s certainly, thankfully, not where our friendship will end.”

What can we say? Life comes at you fast.

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