On Monday, the Atlantic published a story about the Trump family’s political aspirations and alleged infighting between Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump. There have even been rumors that the siblings planted stories about each other.
The White House, of course, has adamantly denied the allegations. Donald Trump Jr is running his father’s businesses and Ivanka works as a senior aide for her father.
On Tuesday, the hosts of “The View” discussed the story. Co-host Meghan McCain stated that she trusted what The Atlantic had reported. She called the story “illuminating.” She added that she wasn’t as moved to empathy about the family as co-host Abby Huntsman.
“I found myself feeling sorry for the kids at different moments,” Huntsman said of Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump, who were raised in a tabloid infested swirl of their father’s own making.
“No offense, they crashed my dad’s funeral. They get nothing from me,” McCain cut in, referring to when Ivanka and Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, attended Sen. John McCain‘s memorial last year.
President Trump was excluded from the funeral because of his long history of denigrating Sen. McCain, which continued even after his death.
“They’re not good people,” Meghan said of Ivanka and Kushner.
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— The View (@TheView) September 10, 2019
Reportedly Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were invited to McCain’s memorial by Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was one of McCain’s closest friends. Graham says that he had Cindy McCain, John McCain’s widow’s permission to invite them
“There were a lot of people involved in the planning of the funeral, and she [Meghan] does not know whose list they were on,” a friend of the McCain family told People.
“I didn’t know they were coming,” Meghan told Porter magazine earlier this year. “I didn’t know until I saw them there.”
She added: “I looked over and saw them and well… they got to listen to what I had to say.”
Though Meghan never mentioned Donald Trump’s name she repeatedly mentioned the example of her father against “the opportunistic appropriation of those that live lives of comfort and privilege.”
She also took aim at Trump’s signature vow to “make America great again.”
“The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold. She is resourceful, confident, and secure. … The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” Meghan said then.
During Tuesday’s episode of The View, she had more to say about Ivanka Trump.
“I still don’t know what she [Ivanka] does all day. … I know she does women’s initiatives but that’s all very nebulous,” Meghan said.
The White House wasted no time pushing back.
“The idea that the hosts of The View or a reporter at The Atlantic have any factual reads on what goes on within the Trump family is completely asinine,” spokeswoman Jessica Ditto told PEOPLE.
“Ivanka is proud of this administration and the work that they have done over the last two and a half years,” she continued. “Pledges for the creation of millions of training opportunities for American workers and over a billion dollars in funding towards women’s economic empowerment in Latin America are anything but nebulous.”
Ditto also contended that The Atlantic article was more smoke than fire: “All of this is false and a flimsy single anonymous source will not succeed at creating a rift in the family.”
Ivanka Trump has faced major scrutiny over her security clearance, her effectiveness, and her motives as the daughter of the president working within his administration.