Updated on August 22nd, 2019
On her first trip abroad as an official representative of the United States, Ivanka Trump, the first daughter was put on the spot about her father’s attitudes toward women, booed and hissed at by the crowd.
She was grilled by the moderator about what, exactly, her role is in President Donald Trump’s administration.
Ivanka Trump shared the stage Tuesday with some of the world’s most powerful women, representing the United States at a meeting of female business leaders.
Speaking at an women’s entrepreneurship summit in Berlin and seated with a panel that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and moderator and editor-in-chief of WirtschaftsWoche, Miriam Meckel, Ivanka was grilled on President Donald Trump’s attitude towards women, as well as her role in her father’s administration.
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“One of the things that I value about my father, as first a businessman and now as the leader of our country, is that he curates ideas and he likes to hear from people with divergent viewpoints. And that’s not always true in politics. It’s actually seldom true,” Trump told Jackson.
While in Berlin, Trump appeared as a panelist for a conversation at the Women’s 20 summit on female entrepreneurship. Despite the topic of the panel, however, she was consistently questioned about her father’s administration and her role in it. When Trump described her father as a “tremendous champion of supporting families”, there were boos and hisses.
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This is Trump’s first visit abroad since she officially joined the White House as a federal employee last month. She also visited the Siemens Technik Akademie, the Holocaust memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, and attended a gala dinner.
During the campaign, more than a dozen women went public to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, unwanted advances and assault. Ivanka Trump did not comment on those accusations during the campaign, she dismissed the criticism via her father’s favorite enemy — the press.
“I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media, that’s been perpetuated,” she said, drawing laughs from the audience.
And despite being invited to attend the panel by Merkel in her role as a senior White House official, she defended her father from her vantage point of loyal daughter — in what appeared to be muscle memory from when she was confronted by uncomfortable questions about her father on the campaign.
“As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level,” Ivanka Trump said. “I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and tenacity. That’s not an easy thing to do; he provided that for us.” She said that her father treated her exactly the same way he treated her two brothers, who now run the family business. “There was no difference,” she said.
Ivanka Trump and her team touted the summit as a political win, in a question-and-answer session with reporters following the panel, noting that Merkel had announced from the stage her support to work together on a fund to support women entrepreneurs.
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“Politics is politics, as I’m learning,” Ivanka Trump said, shrugging off the reaction to her comments at the panel. “My father is a champion for all Americans — women, of course…. I think the fact that he’s embraced my interest in taking on this role shows that he aligns with the interests I most deeply care about and advocate for. Otherwise it wouldn’t make for a very good family dynamic.”
As for the pointed questions from the moderator, she shrugged: “I’m used to it.”
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Source: politico.com, fortune.com