Ivanka Trump 'blindsided' on personal level by ferocity of Washington

Ivanka Trump sounded off on the nature of life inside the Beltway on Monday morning, saying she was "blindsided" by certain elements of politics.

During an appearance on Fox & Friends which President Trump had promoted multiple times on his Twitter account, the West Wing official and first daughter was asked how she deals with happenings like the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion between the Trump campaign.

"It's hard," Ivanka said. "There's a level of viciousness that I was not expecting. I was not expecting the intensity of this experience, but this is not supposed to be easy."

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 04: Ivanka Trump delivers remarks during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building April 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump also delivered remarks and answered questions from the audience during a town hall event with CEO's on the American business climate. Also pictured are U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (L) and Reed Cordish (R), from the Office of American Innovation. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump joins her father U.S. President Donald Trump as he meets with women small business owners at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Ivanka Trump speaks during a visit to the Smithsonian?s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Ivanka Trump (R) joins her father U.S. President Donald Trump as he holds a meeting with experts on addressing human trafficking at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld , Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ivanka Trump participate in a roundtable with U.S. President Donald Trump and German and U.S. business leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L), his wife Ivanka Trump and with chief economic advisor Gary Cohn depart a news conference by U.S. President Donald Trump and King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Ivanka Trump and her husband White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner attend a news conference with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: (L to R) Senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump enter before U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference at the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. The two answered questions from American and Japanese press. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Carryn Owens (L), widow of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, reacts as Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner (R), applaud after Owens was mentioned by President Trump. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Ivanka Trump stands as U.S. President Donald Trump makes a toast during the Governor's Dinner in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Ivanka Trump looks at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) during U.S. President Donald Trump's roundtable discussion on the advancement of women entrepreneurs and business leaders at the White House in Washington February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump points out his daughter Ivanka Trump (2nd R), flanked by Alveda King (2nd L) and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) (R), during his remarks after visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump watch as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC, U.S. February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L) and his wife Ivanka Trump talk with Sara Netanyahu (front L) as she arrives for a joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Ivanka Trump watches as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe U.S. and President Donald Trump speak during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Claudia Mirza, co-founder and chief executive officer of Akorbi, from right, Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, Jessica Johnson, president of Johnson Security Bureau Inc., and President Trump listen during a meeting with women small business owners in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Investors on Monday further unwound trades initiated in November resting on the idea that the election of Trump and a Republican Congress meant smooth passage of an agenda that featured business-friendly tax cuts and regulatory changes. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
Senior Advisor to the President, Jared Kushner (L), walks with his wife Ivanka Trump to board Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2017. The two are travelling with US President Donald Trump to Florida. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump takes her seat at the beginning of the third working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/POOL
Ivanka Trump, Assistant to President Donald Trump, gestures to the crowd next to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin prior to the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ivanka Trump attend the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) Ceremony at the State Department in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Ivanka Trump and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde attend the Women?s Entrepreneurship Finance event during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga (L) speaks with Ivanka Trump as tech company leaders gather at a summit of the American Technology Council at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S. June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Ivanka Trump prays as she touches the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Heidi Levine/Pool
Assistant to the president Ivanka Trump speaks during an event celebrating National Military Appreciation Month and National Military Spouse Appreciation Day at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, visits the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Sohn/Pool
Ivanka Trump takes part in a conversation with Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, U.S., May 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Ivanka Trump and her husband, presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner, have often been the subject of scrutiny since President Trump took office in January. From conflict of interest and ethics concerns raised when Kellyanne Conway and the president used their White House posture to back Ivanka Trump's fashion line, to Kushner's being the subject of inquiry regarding the Russia probe -- the couple's actions have raised eyebrows on more than one occasion. Inversely, the duo is also seen by many as a force intending to move President Trump to the center when possible, in hopes of widening his base.

The president's daughter then reiterated that she did not expect life in Washington to be easy, yet certain elements of the transition have impacted her on a "personal level."

"I think some of the distractions and some of the ferocity I was a little blindsided by on a personal level," Ivanka said. "My father and this administration intend to be transformative and we want to do big, bold things and we're looking to change the status quo."

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The "Women Who Work" author ended on a positive note, though, saying she plans on keeping her "head down" and making a "positive impact" in the lives of many people.

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