Ivanka Trump Sits in President's Seat at G20 Leaders Table

Lynne Hanson
July 10, 2017

And because Ivanka is newsworthy in her role as presidential adviser, her business dealings, including where her clothes are made, are under increased-and sometimes unflattering-scrutiny.

President Trump is proud of his daughter, he doesn't understand why Ivanka is under fire after taking a seat among world leaders at G20.

Typically, when the leader of a country can not make it to one of the G20 meetings, a government minister or a senior official will be tapped to step in.

The meeting, which took place on Saturday morning, was on the subject of Africa, health and migration and and was introduced by the leaders of South Africa, Italy and Turkey.

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It's not uncommon for leaders to send proxies to attend meetings in their steads, even at high-profile worldwide summits. Donald Trump had stepped out of the room for some one-on-one meetings. Kushner took part in Trump's meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as well.

In a lighter moment at the summit today, television cameras caught German chancellor Angela Merkel rolling her eyes as Vladimir Putin wagged his finger during a conservation.

Though one of her projects is has been launched during the summit in Hamburg, Germany. That was the session by the World Bank on Women's Entrepreneurship. Still, Ivanka Trump has weighed in on topics of personal interest, such as the women's empowerment initiative in which she's played a crucial role. Though she later deleted the tweet, the image lived on in a screenshot that riled up some on both sides of the aisle. "I have to tell you that if she weren't my daughter, it would be so much easier for her". However, she had no pull when her father chose to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, which she opposed his decision to do so.

World leaders often bring high-ranking officials to these types of meetings, and top ministers or secretaries typically are the ones who fill in. Ivanka Trump has to date, twice occupied her father's post and continued to do so at the G-20 summit held in Hamburg on Saturday. She took a formal leave of absence from her eponymous brand in January, but kept her ownership stake and moved the assets into a trust. She also remarked that in such high-profile meetings, if a head of state of government is absent, it is not unusual to find a replacement for the candidate. Not an unpaid advisor to the President.

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