Ivanka Trump plays significant role standing in for Donald Trump at G20

Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka 'fills in for him at G20 world leaders meeting'

The President's daughter was photographed next to other world leaders

Jon Stone
Hamburg
@joncstone
Saturday 08 July 2017 15:16
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Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has apparently filled in for the US President at a round-table meeting with world leaders at the G20.

Ms Trump accompanied Mr Trump to a session at the Hamburg summit and later sat in his seat next to Theresa May, Angela Merkel and other world leaders, according to a photograph.

The meeting, which took place on Saturday morning, was on the subject of Africa, health and migration.

Ms Trump, who works as an advisor to her father at the White House, was photographed sitting in his seat by a Russian G20 official who shared the picture on social media.

The official claimed Mr Trump had left his daughter in his place while he attended bilateral meetings with other world leaders.

In Hamburg this morning the “first daughter” also launched a World Bank event promoting the organisation’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Facility Initiative.

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The fund, whose launch was attended by Ms May and Mr Trump himself, hopes to improve access to entrepreneurship for women in developing countries.

The Independent approached the US delegation’s office at the G20 for comment on Ms Trump’s stint at the leaders’ round table but no officials were present.

A White House official later told the US television network CNN: “Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the President had to step out.”

Mr Trump said this morning that he believed Ms Trump’s life might be easier for her were she not his daughter.

“If she weren’t my daughter it would be so much easier for her,” he said during the visit. “That might be the only bad thing she has going, if you want to know the truth.”

That candid aside came as Mr Trump spoke at the launch of the new women’s entrepreneurship fund.

Mr Trump met Russian president Vladimir Putin for the first time at the summit, and held bilateral talks with Ms May on Saturday morning.

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