Ivanka Trump says Africa would inspire her dad

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — On a trip to Africa to promote women's economic empowerment, Ivanka Trump said the White House should be judged by its actions toward a continent that her father has privately disparaged.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the president's daughter and senior adviser pointed to visits to the continent by herself, the first lady and others, saying: "Our commitment to Africa is clear." She added that she hopes President Donald Trump will visit, saying: "I've been deeply, deeply inspired by my trip here. And I think he will be as well."

Ivanka Trump spoke Wednesday, the last day of her four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, which has featured a mix of diplomacy and visits to local business ventures as she advances a White House program to give an economic boost to women in the developing world. Her trip was viewed with skepticism in some quarters, given the president's efforts to cut foreign aid and his past derogatory comments about the continent.

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ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - APRIL 15: US President's daughter Ivanka Trump meets with Ethiopia's President Sahle-Work Zewde in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - APRIL 15: US President's daughter Ivanka Trump meets with Ethiopia's President Sahle-Work Zewde in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - APRIL 15: US President's daughter Ivanka Trump meets with Ethiopia's President Sahle-Work Zewde in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - APRIL 15: US President's daughter Ivanka Trump arrives at the National Palace ahead of his meeting with Ethiopia's President Sahle-Work Zewde (not seen) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - APRIL 15: US President's daughter Ivanka Trump meets with Ethiopia's President Sahle-Work Zewde in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - APRIL 15: US President's daughter Ivanka Trump meets with Ethiopia's President Sahle-Work Zewde in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, second from right, walks past a large stained glass mosaic as she leaves the African Women's Empowerment Dialogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Acting CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) David Bohigian, right, and members of security, Monday April 15, 2019, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, left, meets with Ethiopia's President Sahle-Work Zewde, right, at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday April 15, 2019. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast on behalf of a White House project intended to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, left, arrives to meet Ethiopia's President Sahle-Work Zewde, at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday April 15, 2019. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast on behalf of a White House project intended to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, right, arrives for a ceremony at Holy Trinity Cathedral honoring the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, Monday April 15, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, right, is greeted as she arrives for a ceremony at Holy Trinity Cathedral honoring the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, Monday April 15, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, left, reacts as she tries her hand at a traditional weaving loom at Muya, a manufacturing center of textile and traditional crafts, with Muya founder Sara Abera, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Trump is visiting Ethiopia and later this week the Ivory Coast to promote a White House global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, center, attends a coffee ceremony at Dumerso Coffee, Sunday April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Kidist Birhanu, left, and Eleni Melesse, with USAID, right. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, listens to women speak about their experiences working with Muya, a manufacturing center of textiles and traditional crafts, Sunday April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Trump is visiting Ethiopia and later this week the Ivory Coast to promote a White House global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, right, reacts as she is greeted with singing and dancing at Muya, a textile and traditional crafts manufacturing center, Sunday April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Trump is visiting Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast this week to promote a White House global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A woman bows while roasting coffee beans as another woman throws popcorn as part of a ceremonial greeting for White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, right, as she arrives at Muya, a manufacturing center of textiles and traditional crafts, Sunday April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Trump is visiting Ethiopia and Ivory Coast this week to promote a White House global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, center, listens as Muya founder Sara Abera, takes her on a tour of traditional weaving at Muya, a manufacturing center of textiles and traditional crafts, Sunday April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Trump is visiting Ethiopia and Ivory Coast this week to promote a White House global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, center, smiles at Azalech Tesfaye, right, who is the recipient of loan guarantee through USAID, as Trump meets women who work in the Ethiopian coffee industry, Sunday April 14, 2019, at Dumerso Coffee in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Trump is visiting Ethiopia and later this week the Ivory Coast to promote a White House global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, center, attends a coffee ceremony at Dumerso Coffee, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Kidist Birhanu, left, and Eleni Melesse, with USAID, right. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump sips coffee during a coffee ceremony at Dumerso Coffee, Sunday April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Trump is visiting Ethiopia and then Ivory Coast to promote a global economical program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump walks in a short rainfall under an umbrella after attending a coffee ceremony at Dumerso Coffee, Sunday April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump laughs as she is greeted as she arrives to board a plane to Ethiopia, at Dulles International Airport, in Sterling, Va., Saturday April 13, 2019. Trump will travel to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast to promote a global economical program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump walks past an airplane as she leaves an airport lounge before boarding a commercial flight from Dulles International Airport, in Sterling, Va., Saturday April 13, 2019, en route to Ethiopia. Trump will travel to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast to promote a global economical program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
ADDS MORE INFORMATION ON TRIP - White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump walks through a terminal before boarding a commercial flight from Dulles International Airport, in Sterling, Va., Saturday April 13, 2019, en route to Ethiopia. Trump will travel to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast to promote a global economical program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, center, walks through a terminal of Dulles International Airport, in Sterling, Va., Saturday April 13, 2019, to board a flight to Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, right, walks through a terminal of Dulles International Airport, in Sterling, Va., Saturday April 13, 2019, to board a flight to Ethiopia. Trump will travel to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast to promote a global economical program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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The president was criticized last year after his private comments referring to "shithole countries" in Africa and other regions were leaked to journalists.

A close adviser to the president, Ivanka Trump said her father asked her if she was interested in the job of World Bank chief but that she was happy with her current role in the administration. She worked on the selection process for the new head of the 189-nation World Bank, David Malpass, and declared he would do an "incredible job."

Asked if her father had approached her about other top jobs, Ivanka Trump said she would "keep that between us." But she did say she does not see a run for office in her future.

A day before the Justice Department is expected to unveil a redacted version of the special counsel's report on Russian election interference and the Trump campaign, Ivanka Trump said she was not worried about what it would contain.

"I knew that there was no collusion. I knew that there was no obstruction and this was affirmed in the Mueller report and Attorney General Barr's subsequent summary," she said.

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Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stand next to the dedication plaque at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stand next to the dedication plaque at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stand next to the dedication plaque at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump gestures as she stands next to the dedication plaque at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 14: (ISRAEL OUT) (EDITOR'S NOTE: Alternate crop.) White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrive to the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. US President Donald J. Trump's administration officially transfered the ambassador's offices to the consulate building and temporarily use it as the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. Trump in December last year recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced an embassy move from Tel Aviv, prompting protests in the occupied Palestinian territories and several Muslim-majority countries. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images,)
US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (L) and US President's daughter Ivanka Trump walk after unveiling an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. - The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
US President's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner are seen during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. - The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (C) and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (L) arrive for the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. - The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (R) and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (L) arrive for the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. - The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (C) and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (L) arrive for the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. - The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
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She also said she stood by a previous statement that the president had no involvement in granting security clearances to her or her husband, Jared Kushner, saying, "I have no evidence to the contrary."

But she said she had not spoken to the president about the issue since reports surfaced that he had ordered officials to grant Kushner a clearance over the objections of national security officials.

On whether she would support turning over documents to Democrats investigating the issue, Ivanka Trump said she will leave that decision to the White House counsel.

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