Donald Trump Defends Ivanka by Attacking Chelsea Clinton, Who Quickly Snaps Back

Marsha Scott
July 13, 2017

Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, took his seat at a Group of 20 meeting table in Hamburg, sitting in for the president when he stepped away for one-on-one discussions with other world leaders.

Yet the move triggered an immediate uproar, with observers lambasting the idea that an unelected advisor and relative could sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May , German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping .

In a recent interview with The Post defending her White House role, Trump said her job is to inform and support her father, not to make him commit to something he's not interested in.

Ivanka Trump joined the White House staff as an unpaid assistant to the president in March. "Very standard. Angela M agrees!" he tweeted, followed by a hypothetical. One official who was watching the session said she has taken her father's place at the table on at least two occasions today and did not speak. "And Ivanka belongs to the USA delegation", Merkel said, noting other delegations do the same thing.

President Trump and Chelsea Clinton, 37, have butted heads before, with Clinton suggesting the 70-year-old "might benefit" from reading children's books after the launch of her own book children's book She Persisted.

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Contrary to Trump's tweet, it's not standard protocol to have a family member assume a leader's seat at a summit while they are temporarily away. But what is more troubling for critics of the president - and even some of his supporters - is the fuzzy line between official White House business and the Trump family real-estate firm.

One of his first tweets from the G20 mentioned-rather inexplicably-Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman and how "everyone" at the high-profile meeting was "talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency".

"Good morning Mr. President", Chelsea tweeted out.

Appearing on MSNBC Monday, conservative pundit Larry O'Connor says Trump is playing a winning hand by going after the press in circumstances such as this.

Colin Talbot, a professor of Government at Cambridge and Manchester universities, added: "Ivanka Trump "sits in" for Dad at G20 Summit". It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me. Trump praised her work and expressed how proud he was of his daughter.

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