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‘Happens all the time — in dictatorships’: Internet slams Ivanka for taking the President’s seat at G-20

At the G-20 summit in Germany this weekend, President Trump raised quite a few eyebrows when he had his daughter Ivanka sit in for him at a table full of world leaders. Trump’s critics immediately jumped on the move, saying that it’s unethical to have an unelected and inexperienced person take on such a high-profile role.

In a now-deleted picture shared on Twitter by a Russian staffer at the summit, Ivanka can be seen seated in her father’s seat between Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Xi Jinping’s right. The picture was quickly saved by others and made the rounds on Twitter anyway.

From The Washington Post:

Some say it further blurs the line between family and political affairs in the Trump administration. Ivanka Trump serves as an adviser to her father. She and her husband, Jared Kushner, also an adviser, are both powerful figures in the White House and have accompanied the president on his foreign trips.

Her participation at the G-20 summit was not the first time she was criticized for her role in her father’s administration. For instance, her presence at a November meeting between her father, then president-elect, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe immediately raised questions about possible conflicts of interest.

As expected, the Twittersphere has something to say about it:

Republican strategist Ana Navarro theorized that since the photo was originally shared by a Russian staffer, it might have been a ruse to rile up the American press.

Featured image via Twitter

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