Ivanka Trump got a wave of criticism after the G20 Summit

Ivanka Trump got a wave of criticism after the G20 Summit

Ivanka Trump got a wave of criticism after the G20 Summit

Ivanka Trump briefly sat in for her father, President Trump, during a session on Saturday at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, prompting an outcry on social media and a swift defense from her brother Donald Trump Jr.

"When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat", he wrote.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was asked if Trump's daughter should be at the table of leaders.

In a follow-up tweet, he added that the criticism by "Fake News" would not have occurred if Hillary Clinton's daughter Chelsea had stepped in for her mother.

Trump's comments Monday came amid renewed scrutiny of Russia's involvement in the election, as it emerged that his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met previous year with a Russian lawyer who offered to provide potentially damaging information on Clinton.

A pic of Ivanka sitting between British PM Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping was posted to Twitter in a since-deleted tweet.

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She's not the only family member to have attended meetings during the summit, either: Melania was spotted with Donald at some bilateral meetings, and Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, who is senior adviser to his father-in-law, attended a few with the president as well, according to ABC.

The White House claimed that this was not an unusual occurrence: "When other leaders stepped out, their seats were also briefly filled by others". Also, she was the owner of apparel and jewellery line before officially taking the job as assistant to President in the White House.

Earlier in the day, President Trump announced that the United States is pledging $50 million to benefit a new World Bank fund spearheaded by Ivanka to make capital and mentorships more easily available to women entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Chancellor Merkel worked hard to ensure all other nations "stood up" to President Trump regarding the Paris Agreement.

But Michael McFaul, the United States ambassador to Russian Federation under President Barack Obama, said Ivanka Trump subbing in was unusual.

"I'm very proud of my daughter, Ivanka - always have been, from day one - I had to tell you that, from day one". But she's been at a lot of her father's presidential meetings - some while she was still running the Trump Organization. The president praised her work on the fund at the event.

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