By Owen Boss
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) While there was an immediate backlash to Ivanka Trump sitting in her father’s seat at the G-20 Summit, some people including German chancellor Angela Merkel came to her defense saying, “Ivanka Trump belonged to the American delegation, so that is in line with what other delegations do.”
Ivanka Trump made a splash at the Group of 20 summit yesterday when she briefly sat in her father’s chair while listening to the head of the World Bank, who earlier in the day joined her in launching a fund aimed at helping women entrepreneurs, though the president’s critics blasted the move as inappropriate.
Shortly after headlining her own event at the Hamburg summit to join World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim in announcing the launch of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative — which the president committed $50 million to — Ivanka Trump was seen sitting in her father’s chair when her father had to leave the room.
The moment was seized upon by critics, many of whom took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
But U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, defended the move, telling CBS’ “Face the Nation”: “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.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also came to Ivanka Trump’s defense.
“Ivanka Trump belonged to the American delegation, so that is in line with what other delegations do,” she said.
“And it is known that she works at the White House and carries responsibility for certain initiatives.”