President Trump raised a few eyebrows this week when he told a story about his adult daughter and White House advisor, Ivanka Trump, begging to go on a trip with him.
“Daddy, can I go with you?” Trump said, quoting his daughter.
At first, Trump said Ivanka called him “Dad.” But the president — rarely known to correct his own inaccuracies — felt the need to clarify. He paused the story to twice mention that Ivanka had referred to him specifically as “Daddy.” Trump “liked that,” he added.
While the exchange felt slightly untoward, it was far from the first time the president has gone out of his way to mention his daughter calls him “Daddy.”
Perhaps these moments would be less cringe-worthy without Trump’s history of comments about his daughter’s sexuality. In the past, he’s referred to his daughter as “voluptuous” and said she has “the best body.” In fact, Trump once declared, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
Ivanka’s feeling on this subject, however, remain much less clear.