Ivanka Trump fills in for Donald at G20 summit table
Donald Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka has triggered controversy after taking the President’s seat at the G20 summit table with other world leaders in Hamburg.
Eyebrows were raised in diplomatic circles after a picture taken by a Russian official emerged showing the 35-year-old businesswoman and former model sat between China’s President Xi Jinping and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
A twitter post by historian and columnist Anne Applebaum decried what she described as “an unelected, unqualified, unprepared New York socialite” being seen as “the best person to represent American national interests”.
Responding to the controversy, a White House official said: “Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the President had to step out. They also stressed that “when other leaders stepped out, their seats were also briefly filled by others”.
Dominic Waghorn, sky news diplomatic editor said the publication of the picture was likely to be the result of mischief-making by Moscow.
President Donald Trump had made known how proud he is of his daughter. He said: “I’m very proud of my daughter, Ivanka; always have been, from day one – I had to tell you that, from day one.
“She’s always been great. A champion. She’s a champion.”
In a rare candid admission, Mr Trump added: “If she weren’t my daughter it would be so much easier for her. That might be the only bad thing she has going, if you want to know the truth.”