Ivanka covers for Donald Trump at G20 meeting

by Linda Olson July 9, 2017, 0:12
Ivanka covers for Donald Trump at G20 meeting

Ivanka Trump sat in for her father at the G20 conference - literally taking his seat at the table in a stunning display of nepotism on the global stage.

He told the audience how Ivanka Trump was the catalyst for long-overdue action, bringing her own business experience and clout to what he said would be an important initiative to drive economic growth and help reduce chronic inequities still facing women, especially in developing countries.

She stepped away from running her fashion brand earlier this year to take on the White House role.

Ivanka, who has not been elected to public office or worked in the United States government before, has been attending the summit in Hamburg, Germany, as an unpaid adviser to her father concerning women's empowerment and workplace development issues.

Ivanka's participation came to light when a Russian official, Svetlana Lukash tweeted a picture of Ivanka at the main table of the summit in Hamburg, surrounded by world leaders.

Ivanka Trump joined World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on the sidelines of the Group of 20 world leaders' summit in Hamburg, Germany, to launch the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative.

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Although Ivanka serves as an unpaid adviser and assistant to the president, many were furious at her joining the table.

"I'm very proud of my daughter, Ivanka - always have been, from day one - I had to tell you that, from day one", Trump said. The event drew a number of the summit's biggest stars, with remarks by her father, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In April, she travelled to Berlin to participate in the women's summit, where she appeared on a panel with Merkel and Christine Lagarde, director of the International Monetary Fund.

Why, yes, that was Ivanka Trump briefly filling her father's seat at the Group of 20 summit, an global gathering that turned out to be quite the family affair for the Trumps.

Trump then prompted some nervous laughter when he mused about whether he had made her life more hard. "I'm quite overwhelmed to be the only man on this panel", he said. Her husband, Jared Kushner, was also appointed as a senior White House adviser by the president. Trump herself has claimed she doesn't want to be involved in politics.

It's also not Ivanka's first appearance at a G20 event.

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