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2017-04-25 12:08:06


Ivanka booed at women’s summit

Women booed, hissed and loudly groaned as Ivanka Trump, one of the daughters of President Trump, defended his record on women at her first international outing as his unpaid adviser: “I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy,” she said, calling the president “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who invited Trump to the W20 Summit, looked surprised as she turned to watch the crowd as they responded to the First Daughter’s words with the sounds of disapproval.

“You hear the reaction from the audience,” said moderator Miriam Meckel. “I need to address one more point — some attitudes toward women your father has displayed might leave one questioning whether he’s such an empowerer for women.”

Meckel, the editor in chief of Germany’s WirtschaftsWoche, had been tough on Trump from the start.

“The German audience is not that familiar with the concept of a first daughter. I’d like to ask you, what is your role, and who are you representing, your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?”

That put Trump on the spot. She sat next to Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and one seat down from Merkel. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands also sat on the panel.

“Certainly not the latter,” Trump replied, quickly. “I’m rather unfamiliar with this role as well… It has been a little under 100 days, and it has just been a remarkable and incredible journey.”

Trump did not directly comment on accusations her father had sexually harassed and made unwanted advances to women, but was quick to blame his favorite enemy: the press.

“I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media, that’s been perpetuated,” she said, drawing laughs from the audience.

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