Saturday became “sit in for Daddy at work” day when Ivanka Trump temporarily stepped in for President Trump at the G20 Summit while he attended a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Although UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s aide briefly took her place while she stepped out, it was Trump’s action that fired up critics, sparking accusations of nepotism when the president’s daughter took a seat between May and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a session titled “Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health.”
According to the Agence France-Presse, a White House official emphasized that “when other leaders stepped out, their seats were also briefly filled by others.”
“Well, I can tell you what her role has been in reference to what I’ve done as there are times she’s sat into meetings with me and the president before,” United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Saturday’s “Face the Nation.”
“If it’s involving women entrepreneurship, if it’s involving poverty or famine. She’s got her certain issues that she focuses on, and when those things come up, then that’s where she is and that’s what she likes to focus on. I think she sees herself as part of a public servant family, and she doesn’t want to waste this time by not putting forward some effort to try and help the world.”
Haley went on to add, “I think that’s what she’s doing is fighting for small businesses in our country, fighting for women entrepreneurs, fighting to make sure that we are not only being just good with the United States, but we’re also internationally doing our part, whether it’s poverty or famine or whether we see it’s migration. And so those are the things I think that she’s working on, and I think she’s been very well accepted nationally and internationally.”
Further fanning the flames of the G20 event was a photograph a Russian official tweeted of Ivanka Trump sitting between the powerful duo of May and Xi Jinping. The image was subsequently taken down, but not before it went viral.
– Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 8, 2017
Brian Klass, the author of “The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy,” went on to tweet, “If you’re just waking up in the US, here’s the latest embarrassment. Fox News would have a meltdown for *years* if this were Chelsea Clinton.”
If you’re just waking up in the US, here’s the latest embarrassment. Fox News would have a meltdown for *years* if this were Chelsea Clinton https://t.co/PLMz5fRUD1
- Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 8, 2017
CNN, ABC and Telemundo contributor Ana Navarro shot off a series of tweets:
And she was not alone. Here is a very tiny sampling of the buzz.
This is how a crime family works . The elder is the head of the family and the organization but the whole family is involved
- #OregonResists (@PaulRevere6483) July 8, 2017