On Saturday, Ivanka Trump sat in her father’s seat at the G20 summit meeting in Hamburg while he was in a one-on-one discussion with other world leaders. This move is causing a lot of commotion on social media.
A photo on Twitter shows Ivanka sitting next to Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This photo was first tweeted by Svetlana Luka. It seems as though Luka deleted her tweet because the tweet is nowhere to be found. Someone pointed out that she may have deleted the picture but retweeted a story about it.
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 8, 2017
According to a senior Trump administration official, Ivanka took her father’s seat while rejecting any suggestion that this was improper or unusual.
“Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the President had to step out, and the president of the World Bank started talking as the topic involved areas such as African development — areas that will benefit from the facility just announced by the World Bank,” the official stated.
The official added, “When other leaders stepped out, their seats were also briefly filled by others.”
There were other photos that show Ivanka and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary, were seated behind Donald for part of the meeting.
As we all know very well, our president likes to blur family lines with official White House duties.
Here are some reactions on Twitter:
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 8, 2017
Ivanka Trump has NO PLACE at G20! ABSURD. An INSULT to the world leaders who belong there. Did other leaders bring their kids???
— chris collins (@ccollins43) July 8, 2017
Ivanka Trump sitting in at G20 instead of her father is breathtakingly insane. She designs shoes… #G20
— Dom Joly (@domjoly) July 8, 2017
Trump decided it was take your child to work day but he forgot to go himself. Ivanka Trump went to the G20 instead of her dad
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) July 8, 2017
Imagine the backlash if Michelle or Malia Obama sat in on a meeting for Obama. The Trump family including @IvankaTrump is so corrupt.
— M Davis (@IHateTrumpBigly) July 8, 2017
When did Ivanka become President. I missed that election and where is HE? Is HE not up to the task of being President? Too tired? Ill?
— TheViewFromHere (@evora1907) July 8, 2017
Wrong on so many levels#WeThePeople of the U.S. didn't vote for Ivanka
I'm 1 of many in U.S. who's extremely disappointed in our leadership
— AlternativeCousinIt (@Duh_Briggs) July 8, 2017
How is she allowed at the G20? She's not even allowed at Nordstroms.
— George Reinblatt (@georgereinblatt) July 8, 2017
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