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Donald Trump defends Ivanka after she took his place at G20 Meeting

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Donald Trump defends Ivanka after she takes his place at G20 Meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump defended his daughter, White House adviser Ivanka Trump, on Monday after she raised some eyebrows over the weekend by taking his place at a table with world leaders at a G20 meeting.

She briefly sat in her father’s chair at the global gathering in Hamburg during a closed-door session on African development as the World Bank president spoke.

Her appearance prompted a string of reactions on Twitter and caught the attention of the German media and other outlets.

Early on Monday, Trump called the arrangement “very standard” in a tweet where he also noted that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was hosting the G20 summit, agreed.

Merkel had dismissed the move at a news conference after the G20 ended.

“Ivanka belongs to the U.S. delegation,” Merkel, who has worked with her on various issues, said on Friday.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also defended Ivanka, saying on Sunday that the president’s daughter had often sat in on meetings with her and Trump, especially those regarding women and business.

Ivanka Trump ran a clothing and jewelry business before taking a formal job at the White House after her father took office in January.

She has made women’s issues one of her signature policy areas.

At the G20, she also took the spotlight at a separate event alongside World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and other world leaders to launch a public-private loan programme aimed at boosting female entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Lawrence Summers, a former World Bank official and economic adviser under former Democratic president Barack Obama, said it was rare for government heads to leave during major summits and that, when they must, foreign ministers or other very senior government officials normally fill in.

“There is no precedent for a head of government’s adult child taking a seat,” he wrote in the Washington Post on Sunday.

“There is no precedent for good reason. It was insulting to the others present and sent a signal of disempowerment regarding senior government officials.”

Trump, defending the move on Twitter, claimed news agencies would be saying something different, were it Chelsea Clinton and her mother Hillary Clinton.

Chelsea quoted the tweet, telling Trump that it would never have occurred to her parents to do that.

See both tweets below:

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7 Comments

  1. nunulicious

    July 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I don’t like donald trump as a person but this is a leaf from Sheryl sandberg’s book that men should encourage the women in their lives to “lean in”

    • john

      July 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      nope, feminist/ liberals only want itbto be done thier sick way..the women will realize that no one hates them more than the so called feminist their themselves..they will have redemption

    • Blessing

      July 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      True. But in that case why didnt his wife take his place, i believe his wife is the first lady? is she not smart enough to sit in for the husband? how about his cabinet members?

  2. Diamond

    July 10, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Dragging Chelsea Clinton in to this matter was totally uncalled for. Every body now talks to the president of the United States anyhow.
    Ivanka should learn to say no to her dad sometimes, another senior government official could have filled in for Trump so the press can let everyone rest.
    But what do I know, after all Hillary was every where during her husband’s presidency

    • ???????

      July 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Are you confusing Hilary Clinton, the first lady with Hilary Clinton, the Sec of State?

  3. gurl_wendy

    July 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Epic reply by Chelsea, Trump should continue running America as if it’s his family business.

  4. nwa nna

    July 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    American business under Donald Trump has become a family affair, hence Ivanka sitting in for her pop. Sad state of affairs, unfortunately

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