Ivanka Trump briefly sits in for her father at G20 session

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 09 Jul 2017, 18:11:47 | Updated : 09 Jul 2017, 18:20:47
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Ivanka Trump briefly sits in for her father at G20 session

Ivanka Trump briefly sits in for her father at G20 session
Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and one of his top White House aides, briefly took her father's place at a meeting with other world leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday, causing a stir among Trump critics on social mediareports CNN.

A photo of the first daughter sitting next to Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was first tweeted by Svetlana Lukash, who identifies herself on Twitter as a G20 Russian sherpa, a title given to people who help international delegations at large summits.

A senior Trump administration official confirmed that Ivanka Trump had stepped in for her father, but dismissed any suggestion it was improper or unusual.

Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the President had to step out, and the president of the World Bank started talking as the topic involved areas such as African development—areas that will benefit from the facility just announced by the World Bank,” the official said, referencing a initiative Ivanka Trump has spearheaded that looks to fund women entrepreneurs.

“When other leaders stepped out, their seats were also briefly filled by others,” the official added.

Brian Fallon, a CNN political commentator and former spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, responded to the news with a tweet: “I’m sure Republicans would have taken it in stride if Chelsea Clinton was deputized to perform head of state duties,” he wrote.

(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)
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