This weekend at a G-20 Summit session in Hamburg, Germany, President Trump had daughter Ivanka sit in for him while he attended another meeting. Typically cabinet members take this role, but the session concerned one of Ivanka Trump's projects, the World Bank finance initiative for women entrepreneurs.
After receiving criticism for allowing his daughter to take his place among several world leaders, President Trump tweeted:
When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother,as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel did, in fact, defend both the president and Ivanka with the following statement:
"The delegations themselves decide, should the president not be present for a meeting, who will then take over and sit in the chair. Ivanka Trump was part and parcel of the American delegation, so that is something that other delegations also do. It’s very well known that she works at the White House and is also engaged in certain initiatives.”
A White House official also stated:
“Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the president had to step out.”
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