President Trump Defends Ivanka’s Role at G-20

July 10, 2017 10:25 am Last Updated: July 10, 2017 3:53 pm

President Donald Trump hit back at critics on Twitter who reacted to his allowing daughter Ivanka Trump to take his place during a G-20 meeting.

A photo surfaced of the first daughter sitting beside British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, with some critics saying that she was representing the president—and the United States—on the world stage.

President Trump on Monday blasted critics of his daughter’s sit-in.

“When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!” he tweeted.

He said that if Chelsea Clinton were to hold the seat of Hillary Clinton if she had won the presidency, no one would have batted an eye.

“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!” he tweeted six minutes later.

Amid the criticism, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Ivanka’s appearance Saturday was fine, saying it’s “very well-known” his daughter worked in the White House and “engaged in certain initiatives,” Bloomberg News reported. “The delegations themselves decide, should the president not be present for a meeting, who will then take over and sit in the chair,” Merkel said.

“This is an administration with Ivanka Trump’s help that’s empowering women in the workforce, trying to get child care tax credit and family leave through the tax code to help families struggling making those obligations met,” Trump Counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News.

In a statement, the White House explained what happened.

“Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the president had to step out,” a White House official told The Hill.

As The Hill also reported, the meeting involved one of Ivanka Trump’s projects—the World Bank finance initiative for women entrepreneurs.