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April 13, 2016 1:47 pm

Ivanka Trump Opens Up About Father’s Support for Her Conversion to Judaism (VIDEO)

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Ivanka Trump said her father was "very supportive" of her decision to convert to Judaism. Photo: Video Screenshot.

Ivanka Trump said her father was “very supportive” of her decision to convert to Judaism. Photo: Video Screenshot.

Ivanka Trump said her father was “very supportive” of her decision to convert to Judaism during a CNN family interview on Tuesday.

Ivanka, whose father, Donald Trump, is the GOP presidential front-runner, made her comments in response to a question posed during CNN’s “Trump Town Hall,” hosted by anchor Anderson Cooper. Colombia University student Joseph Cohen asked her: “I was wondering, how did your father react to your decision to convert to Judaism? What led you to that decision and how did he react?”

Ivanka, who has remained very private about her decision to convert, responded:

Well, it’s such a personal decision, I tend not to talk about it in a public forum. But my father was very supportive. He knows me, and he trusts my judgement. When I make decisions, I make them in a well-reasoned way. I don’t rush into things. I appreciate the support he gave me because, obviously, these decisions are not taken lightly, and it would have been much more hard if I had had headwinds. He believes in me; he loves my husband; they’re incredibly close, which was obviously helpful, and he has been very supportive with me in that decision as in many others I have taken throughout the years.

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Trump’s eldest daughter converted to Judaism prior to her marriage to New York Observer publisher Jared Kushner. She gave birth to her third child — son Theodore — in late March. Ivanka’s father has previously expressed his support for his daughter’s conversion. Speaking at The Algemeiner’s “Jewish 100 Gala” last year, Trump said, “I want to thank my Jewish daughter. I have a Jewish daughter. This wasn’t in the plan, but I’m very glad it happened.”

Watch Ivanka’s response below (40:12):

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  • Simon Steil

    a tear shed at the wailing wall is not unique for it fosters a deep feeling specifically to one who is the sole survivor of the Holocaust. Am Israel Chai

  • Reform School

    Are pollwatchers observing every poll to ensure the votes cast in your favor are actually counted in your favor?

  • Robert Davis

    I am sure Trump will be very supporte to Israel as well not only transferring the US EZmbassy to Jérusalem but probably even helping Israel transfer jordanians/”palestinians” to jorda as well so as to end this bloody arab/Israel conflict which no one wants to end neither US présidents nor and still les europeans following france’s pressures and Israel bashing in order to weaken Israel so that arabs can prevailon next war which of course Israel cannot accept and this is why the conflict will never endin particular with an Israeli leftwing PM such as Netanyahu whos does not dare take the SMALL inconvenience of being blamed by his european colleagues.

    • Lauren Flynn

      Loved listening to this video. Robert Davis, punctuation would help me read and understand your comment, I want to read and understand what you are saying.

  • Am interested in the cource of Ivanka’s journey to Judaism

  • irving D. Cohen

    Mrs. Kushner’s reply to this very personal question seems to be complete and sincere. I wish her and her family the v.ery best of health.

  • Abu Nudnik

    I have to watch the whole thing to hear this part about the conversion? Can you give us a time, please?

    • Lauren Flynn

      It starts at about 35 minutes