**Bumped Up From TAM Wire. Posted by dennisl59**
Who would have guessed that the daughter of the President would be personally attacked by the Dems for sitting in these meetings? As for me, I’d like to step back for a moment to consider she’s come a long, long way, baby (Virginia Slims reference 🙂 ) from the board room meetings on The Apprentice.
Anyway, it occurred to me that she, Ivanka, with prep, briefings and coaching she would totally win, with the facts and policy, over all of the present Dem candidates in a fair fight debate.
UPDATE: And of course, little irony-free ‘Sandy’ Ocasio-Cortez just had to weigh in, too:
“I try to stay out of politics,” Ivanka Trump said in a recent interview. But the US president’s daughter spent part of her weekend sitting around a table with the Chinese, Russian and Turkish presidents, the German chancellor and the British prime minister.
The former businesswoman and fashion model briefly took her father’s seat during a G20 session in Hamburg, prompting claims of nepotism and a heavy dose of sarcasm about her diplomatic credentials….
A spokesman for the first daughter told Bloomberg that she had been sitting in the back of the room and then briefly joined the main table when the president stepped out. Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, addressed the meeting, which dealt with African migration and health – issues relevant to a fund that Trump and the World Bank had just announced.
Trump serves as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House, taking on issues such as paid family leave and women’s economic empowerment, but condemnation of her starring role on the world stage was swift. Maxine Waters, a Democratic congresswoman from California, told the the US news channel MSNBC: “It does not make good sense. Here you have the president of the United States at the G20, representing us as the leader of the free world, and so he’s going to play politics and give his daughter a chance to have a place in the sun and to be seen at a very important meeting that she knows nothing about….
Zerlina Maxwell, former director of progressive media for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, told MSNBC: “It’s completely inappropriate. What qualifications and experience does Ivanka Trump have in her background that should put her at the table with world leaders like Theresa May and Vladimir Putin? Literally a foot over from Vladimir Putin….
Later, Merkel, the host leader of the G20 and hardly a close ally of Trump, played down the controversy. “The delegations themselves decide, should the president not be present for a meeting, who will then take over and sit in the chair,” she told a press conference. “Ivanka Trump was part and parcel of the American delegation so that is something that other delegations also do. It’s very well known that she works at the White House and is also engaged in certain initiatives.”….
Amy Siskind, president and co-founder of the New Agenda, a women’s rights organisation, tweeted: “This kind of thing happens all the time. In dictatorships….