Ivanka Trump briefly sits in for President Trump at G-20 meeting

Ken Copeland
July 10, 2017

A Russian official snapped a photo of presidential daughter Ivanka Trump briefly taking her father's seat between the leaders of China and Great Britain at the G20 Summit in Hamburg.

A photograph of her sitting next to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was tweeted by a Russian attendee Svetlana Lukash but then promptly deleted.

It's all part of President Trump's family-focused governing style that takes its cues from his decades running a family business. Last night, local security forces again clashed with protesters who set fire to garbage cans, smashed windows and looted stores. Also part of the ride at the White House, of course, is Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, a real estate developer with no political, government, or foreign policy experience who has now been tasked with, among many other things, solving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Tony Posnanski, another New York-based writer, took a lighter jibe at Ivanka, "I guess in all fairness Ivanka Trump is qualified to sit with world leaders since her clothing line has failed in every country". In the case of the Trump administration, it seems that the president's daughter derives the role of the true First Lady rather than Melania Trump.

Prior to the G-20 plenary sessions, Ivanka Trump participated in a forum to promote a fund to facilitate the empowerment of women in developing economies.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was asked about the issue and said there was nothing necessarily unusual about having Ivanka Trump sit in next to the world leaders.

"It's well known that she works in the White House and is responsible for several initiatives", Merkel said.

The unelected daughter of the USA president, who has an official but unpaid White House role, attended a working session in place of Trump earlier today.

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says that Ivanka Trump views herself "as part of a public servant family" after the first daughter's appearance at the Group of 20 summit. The event drew a number of the Summit's biggest stars, her father, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Summit host Germany's Angela Merkel.

Someone attending the G20 said Trump, who's an unpaid White House adviser, was spotted subbing in for the commander in chief two other times, Bloomberg reported.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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