What exactly is Ivanka Trump’s role working for her father’s administration in the White House?
Apparently, it has nothing to do with politics according to Trump’s eldest daughter.
The first daughter, who famously told Fox News last month in reference to her father’s Twitter account that she tried to “stay out of politics,” was photographed on Saturday taking her father’s seat among world leaders during a working session on “Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health,” sitting directly between Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Russian President Vladimir Putin was sitting one seat down.
A White House official later claimed that “Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the President had to step out.”
But Michael McFaul, the United States Ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, said Ivanka Trump subbing in was unusual.
“This is strange,” he tweeted. “Very strange.”
“I feel blessed just being part of the ride from day one and before… But I don’t profess to be a political savant,” she told Fox & Friends last month.
“So I leave the politics to other people and really lean into the issues that I care deeply about,” she said.
Svetlana Lukash, who identifies herself on Twitter as a G20 Russian sherpa, a title given to people who help international delegations at large summits, first tweeted the photo of the unusual sight, reports CNN.
“2nd day of #G20 Hamburg summit starts with Africa, Migration & Health. Ivanka accompanies Pres Trump,” wrote Lukash. “And replaces Pres Trump at the #G20 table as he leaves for bilateral meetings.”
The tweet, which has since been deleted, sparked worldwide outrage and shock.
“Why the hell is Ivanka Trump sitting in for daddy at G20 meetings?! What are her qualifications? Who voted for her?” writer Charles Blow said on Twitter.
“Because an unelected, unqualified, unprepared New York socialite is the best person to represent American national interests,” wrote Pulitzer-winning journalist Anne Applebaum.
Nicholas Kristoff, a columnist for the New York Times, said: “Ivanka fills in for her dad beside Xi Jinping. To me, it feels banana-republicky for the US to be represented by an inexperienced daughter.”