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.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 8, 2017
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:
Ivanka fills in for her dad beside Xi Jinping. To me, it feels banana-republicky for the US to be represented by an inexperienced daughter. https://t.co/lDDlyCeFp9
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) July 8, 2017
Had Michelle Obama (more qualified than Ivanka) filled Barack's seat at the G-20, the media and the GOP would be calling for impeachment.
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) July 8, 2017
This kind of thing happens all the time. In dictatorships. https://t.co/CKiLwhvjDz
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 8, 2017
When I read that Ivanka represented US at the G-20, I SWEAR I thought I was reading a parody news site. This is beyond incomprehensible.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 8, 2017
Ivanka 2 weeks ago: "I try to stay out of politics."
Ivanka now: Substitute President filling in for her dad at the G-20 negotiating table. pic.twitter.com/tYi4tN9GYL
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 8, 2017
I'm not even mad. This family of grifters and crooks are a perfect representation of the people who voted for them.https://t.co/kOlK3oZEhJ
— andy lassner (@andylassner) July 8, 2017
Why the hell is Ivanka Trump sitting in for daddy at G20 meetings?! What are her qualifications? Who voted for her?
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 8, 2017
Having Princess Ivanka represent US at G20 table a slap in face to other G20 leaders, other top admin officials, American people. Grotesque.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) July 8, 2017
— President Bannon (@PRESlDENTBANNON) July 8, 2017
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.
Telling that pic of Ivanka at G-20 table was posted by Russian staff. Russians knew would: 1. be deemed controversial; 2. get us going in US
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) July 8, 2017
Featured image via Twitter