Ivanka Trump has no official title in the White House other than First Daughter and special adviser to her father, President Donald Trump. However, that did not stop her from taking over his seat at the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Hamburg, Germany. Her father had evidently left for bilateral meetings, and Ivanka was shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
It was unusual to see Ivanka in her father’s seat at a high level table. Typically, when the leader of a country cannot make it to one of the G20 meetings, a government minister or a senior official will be tapped to step in. However, Ivanka is an unpaid assistant to President Trump, and is focusing on women’s empowerment issues and workplace development. She entered the Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health meeting with her father, but when he stepped out, she slipped into his seat and was there for the duration, according to The Washington Post.
It was not the first time the First Daughter participated in a G20 high-level meeting. Thursday night, along with Jared Kushner, her husband and another Trump adviser, were with the president during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Kushner also accompanied Trump during a bilateral meeting Friday with Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican President.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was asked if Trump’s daughter should be at the table of leaders. Not saying if she thought it was appropriate or not, she said the American delegation makes the decision on who sits at what table.
Ivanka also sat in on a meeting with her Father earlier on Saturday. This was a meeting that one expected to see the first daughter attended with her father, as it was an issue she has focused on. That was the session by the World Bank on Women’s Entrepreneurship.
To the disdain of many, Ivanka Trump has pushed her way in many issues since coming to the West Wing. More than any first daughter ever has. While she is different from the typical first daughter, age wise, she has talked women’s economic empowerment, paid family leave, and workforce training. Many of her interests and focuses seem to differ with her father’s belief, which some have pointed out that she is a check and balance for the President, or someone he will listen to on subjects he is opposed to. However, she had no pull when her father decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, which she opposed his decision to do so.
The question is, how appropriate is it to put someone into a meeting with world leaders who has little to no political experience. Not only does Trump’s eldest daughter not have political experience, she was not even able to vote for her father because she failed to register to vote. However, the only real political experience that her father has started when he took office in January. Because of her disagreeing with her father on many issues, and being able to voice them to him, some feel good about her being included in the meetings, but a majority feel she just has no business meeting with leaders of the world like Putin, Merkel and May, and it should be her Father or another major person in the administration, secretary of state, secretary of defense, or a similar role. Not an unpaid advisor to the President.
What do you think? Should Ivanka Trump be attending the G20 meetings in her father’s absences or should someone more qualified replace him. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Cletus Dillwood
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