In a sharp dig at the President’s daughter this weekend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took to Twitter and questioned Ivanka Trump‘s qualifications to be on the world stage, suggesting that the only reason she’s able to hobnob with world leaders is because of her daddy’s nepotism.
Ivanka attended the G-20 summit in Japan this weekend along with her father, and soon after, headlines and memes were poking fun at her for inserting herself into conversations that were taking place between world leaders. During the summit, a video was posted to French President Emanuel Macron‘s Instagram account showing Ivanka interjecting herself in conversation between Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the director of the International Monetary Fund’s director, Christine Lagarde.
Among those piling on was AOC, who took a moment to point that being the President’s daughter doesn’t qualify to butt-in when world leaders are present.
“It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification,” AOC tweeted on Saturday.
It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.
It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on.
The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either. https://t.co/KCZMXJ8FD9
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 30, 2019
“It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on. The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either,” she added.
While the full context of the video is hard to know, it didn’t stop social media users from knocking Ivanka and characterizing her exchanges as awkward and indicative of someone inserting themselves into a situation where they didn’t belong. Some even said they saw a slight eye-roll from Lagarde as Ivanka spoke.
In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Edward Luce wrote that the video would be the “abiding image” of the G-20 summit.
“America’s self-named ‘First Daughter’ is rarely out of the frame at global summits,” Luce wrote. “Other Trump officials are almost invisible compared with Ms Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, the only two White House players who are thought to be immune from Mr Trump’s trademark phrase: ‘You’re fired.'”
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