Ivanka Trump takes her father’s seat at world leaders’ table during a G-20 meeting
HAMBURG – The daughter and adviser to Trump’s president, Ivanka Trump, has a large portfolio in her father’s administration. But Saturday, he literally sat at the table during the Group of 20 summit.
The first girl is at Trump’s headquarters during a working session on “Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health”, which puts her shoulder to shoulder with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Russian President Vladimir Putin was sitting down.
Trump’s high table presence was somewhat unusual, as ministers or senior officials are generally asked to present to heads of state at these sessions.
But she is both the daughter of the president and an “assistant of the president,” a title without a defined portfolio or salary.
He entered the session with his father, but “briefly joined the main table when the president had to leave,” said a spokeswoman for the first girl.
This is not the first time Ivanka Trump participated in the high-level summits. Thursday night, she and her husband, Jared Kushner, another adviser Trump joined the President during a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Kushner also participated on Friday in the bilateral meeting with Mexican President Trump Enrique Peña Nieto.
Hours earlier, Ivanka Trump and her father attended a World Bank session on women’s entrepreneurship, which she is particularly interested in.
In her speech, Trump lauded her daughter dusting for her work as a “firm advocate” of women entrepreneurs: “I am very proud of my daughter, Ivanka – always, from day one – I had to tell her, first day,” Said Trump. “She’s always been great, a champion, she’s a champion.”
Ivanka Trump has taken a number of problems since playing a role in the West Wing, including training of the workforce, paid family leave and the economic autonomy of women as a portfolio.
But he also weighed in major disputes within his father’s administration, including at odds with his father in his decision to abandon the Paris climate deal.
There has been much talk of the extent to which he disagrees with it in tone and substance.
And on Saturday, she seemed to recognize that she often puts her daughter in a difficult position. “If she was not my daughter, it would be a lot easier for her,” Trump said. “Maybe the only drawback is if you want to know the truth.”