Ivanka Takes A Seat In summit Spotlight

Ivanka Trump made a splash at the Group of 20 summit yesterday when she briefly sat in her father’s chair while listening to the head of the World Bank, who earlier in the day joined her in launching a fund aimed at helping women entrepreneurs, though the president’s critics blasted the move as inappropriate.

Shortly after headlining her own event at the Hamburg summit to join World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim in announcing the launch of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative — which the president committed $50 million to — Ivanka Trump was seen sitting in her father’s chair when her father had to leave the room.

The moment was seized upon by critics, many of whom took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell hailed Ivanka Trump’s appearance as a reminder that “she’s one of President Trump’s best assets in the White House.”

“She’s making her presence felt on the world’s stage,” O’Connell said. “She’s clearly a vital part of his staff — people need to give it a rest.”

O’Connell said the immediate backlash to Ivanka Trump sitting in her father’s seat highlighted how “everything the Trumps do is going to be criticized.”

Read more from Owen Boss at the Boston Herald

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