Was it wrong for Ivanka to sit in for President Trump at the G-20? | The Tylt
First Daughter Ivanka Trump took heavy criticism after taking her father's seat at the G-20 summit while he stepped out. Ivanka, 35, sat with the leaders of China, Russia, Turkey, Germany and Great Britain, prompting many to condemn her lack of qualifications and accuse the Trump administration of nepotism. But even Angela Merkel said the American delegation was within their rights to choose a stand-in for President Trump—Ivanka is, after all, part of his administration. What do you think?
Was it wrong for Ivanka to sit in for President Trump at the G-20?
The reaction worldwide was outrage. Historian Anne Applebaum condemned the First Daughter as “an unelected, unqualified, unprepared New York socialite” with no business sitting in for the most powerful man in the world. Women's rights organizer Amy Siskind tweeted: “This kind of thing happens all the time. In dictatorships.” And frequent Trump administration critic Rep. Maxine Waters pulled no punches:
"Here you have the president of the United States at the G20, representing us as the leader of the free world, and so he’s going to play politics and give his daughter a chance to have a place in the sun and to be seen at a very important meeting that she knows nothing about.
She cannot in any way deal with those members who are there representing those countries. She doesn’t know anything about these issues.”
But the president defended his decision.
When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
Trump added that had Chelsea Clinton sat in on a high-level international meeting in her mother's place, the reaction from the media would have been quite different.
If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother,as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
Some defended the choice: Ivanka is a high-ranking member of her father's administration.
To be clear, Ivanka wasn't wrong in sitting in Trump's seat 'coz she's part of the administration team. A President can ask any member...— Anirvan Ghosh (@anirvanghosh) July 10, 2017
But Richard Painter, former White House ethics lawyer for the Bush administration, said that an unelected family member with no government or diplomatic qualifications had no business sitting at that table.
Some argued Ivanka's presence was actually an insult to other world leaders, and a slap in the face to democratic protocols.
Having Princess Ivanka represent US at G20 table a slap in face to other G20 leaders, other top admin officials, American people. Grotesque.— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) July 8, 2017
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