Ivanka fills in for President Trump during G20 absence

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U.S. President Donald Trump shared the G20 spotlight on Saturday with his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, as she helped launch a loan programme for women and caused a stir by briefly occupying her dad's seat at the table with world leaders. A senior White House official stressed that Ivanka simply sat down at the main table after her father had to step out.

G-20 leaders are reportedly allowed to bring staff into the room for some of the meetings-Ivanka serves in an unpaid but official role in her father's White House-and sometimes these staff members fill their bosses' vacant seats. Last night, local security forces again clashed with protesters who set fire to garbage cans, smashed windows and looted stores.

Ivanka Trump, unelected, unqualified, daughter-in-chief, is representing the U.S. at the G20 summit next to May, Xi, Merkel.

"Ivanka Trump belonged to the American delegation, so that is in line with what other delegations do".

Svetlana Lukash, the Russian sherpa to the G20, posted the photograph on Twitter showing Ivanka Trump next to the world leaders, which she subsequently deleted. First Lady Melania Trump also showed up at the meeting later that day when the president was back in his chair.

However, Russia's summit representative tweeted that when President Trump was out of the room for bilateral meetings, the first daughter sat in a replacement.




Why, yes, that was Ivanka Trump briefly filling her father's seat at the Group of 20 summit, an global gathering that turned out to be quite the family affair for the Trumps.

And because Ivanka is newsworthy in her role as presidential adviser, her business dealings, including where her clothes are made, are under increased-and sometimes unflattering-scrutiny.

Haley told CBS that Ivanka Trump has been "very well accepted nationally and internationally" with German chancellor Angela Merkel praising her initiative.

Ivanka Trump drew conflict of interest concerns when she met with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just after the election, before she was officially appointed to a White House position.

Also at the G20, Donald Trump and his daughter spoke at an event in which the president announced the US would commit $50 million toward a fun to empower women.

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