Trump Says He Likes That White House Adviser Ivanka Calls Him Daddy and Asks if She Can Tag Along to Events

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Senior adviser to the president Ivanka Trump laughs at a comment by her father during an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., on August 1. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Donald Trump has taken an odd approach to introducing his daughter, stating as he brought his White House senior adviser onstage at an event in North Dakota: "She actually said, 'Daddy, can I go with you?' I like that."

Ivanka, whose father once suggested he would be dating her if they were not related, received the odd introduction as her father addressed a tax overhaul event with workers from the energy sector.

Trump brings Ivanka on stage. "She actually said 'Daddy can I go with you?' I like that," he says of the 35 yr old, also a snr WH advisor.

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The president has previously raised eyebrows with comments about his eldest daughter, whose figure and looks he has publicly mentioned on more than one occasion.

Speaking to a Rolling Stone reporter in September 2015, Trump said of Ivanka: "Yeah, she's really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren't happily married and, ya know, her father.…"

In a separate interview with The View, Trump said: ""Ivanka posing for Playboy would be really disappointing…not really. But it would depend on what was inside the magazine.… I don't think Ivanka would [do a nude shoot] inside the magazine, although she does have a very nice figure. I've said that if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."

Despite a Twitter bio stating she is an advocate for women, Ivanka has come under fire for not speaking out against sexist comments made by her father, and faced a hostile audience at the W20 summit in Germany over her father's statements.

"I've certainly heard the criticism from the media, that's been perpetuated," she said in response to a question from German Chancellor Angela Merkel about Trump's comments on women.

She added that as a father and a business leader, Donald Trump always encouraged her, and the women who worked with and for him, to thrive, prompting boos from the audience.