Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Ivanka's life would be 'so much easier' if she weren't my daughter

Ivanka Trump Sat In for Her Father at the G-20 Leaders' Table Donald Trump 'replaced by daughter Ivanka at G20 world leaders meeting'
Cecilia Poole | 09 July, 2017, 00:39

The picture of Ivanka at the table with world leaders comes as President Trump made the comment that his daughter's life would be much easier if he weren't her father.

The former businesswoman and fashion model briefly took her father's seat during a G20 session in Hamburg, prompting claims of nepotism and a heavy dose of sarcasm about her diplomatic credentials.

Ivanka was given the official title of "First Daughter and Advisor to the President" early in the administration, amid outcry that an unofficial role exempted her from ethics rules. This isn't typically seen as unusual behavior by G20 leaders-they're allowed to bring staff into the room for meetings and have staff fill in for them when they step out for meetings.

President Trump's daughter participated in high-level meetings throughout the summit including a World Bank panel on women's entrepreneurship with several high-ranking global officials.

"I think it's more what you'd expect from a dictator really, using a family member to represent himself at an worldwide summit, than you'd expect from a democratically elected American president". But seldom are they replaced by members of their families.

Merkel also sought to play down the case, saying that it is "in line with what other delegations do".

The World Bank initiative that the White House official was referring to is a fund to finance women entrepreneurs which the organization co-developed with Ms. Trump.

Her husband, Jared Kushner, is a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.

However, Russia's summit representative tweeted that when President Trump was out of the room for bilateral meetings, the first daughter sat in a replacement.

The eldest Trump daughter took over her father's seat during a working session on the "Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health".

"I am not sort of trying to selectively curate information that will lead him to agree with me", she said.

"You're helping women all over the world, and I want to thank you", he added. "It might be the only bad thing going for her".

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