It’s fairly common practice for government ministers to briefly sub in for world leaders at summits like G20. What’s less common — and more controversial — is for the unqualified children of world leaders to take their parents’ seats.
Anyway, guess what happened! Ivanka Trump, who, as you’ll recall, “tries to stay out of politics,” did exactly the opposite at a G20 session on Saturday.
Ivanka, who technically serves as an unpaid adviser to the president, didn’t speak during her stint in the room. Still, a lot of people weren’t particularly pleased by her presence. The move certainly raises a lot of questions, like 1) How is she qualified to confer with world leaders? and 2) Who thought this would be a good idea?
Why the hell is Ivanka Trump sitting in for daddy at G20 meetings?! What are her qualifications? Who voted for her?
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 8, 2017
Ivanka Trump sitting at the G-20 table in place of her father should scare everyone. Last I checked she wasn’t on the ballot in any state.
— Jacob Gil (@jacob4kids) July 8, 2017
I guess in all fairness Ivanka Trump is qualified to sit with world leaders since her clothing line has failed in every country.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 8, 2017
I wouldn’t trust Ivanka Trump to sit in on a pastel shift dress summit
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 8, 2017
Wasn’t Barron available? But seriously, this is getting out of hand. She has absolutely no business at all being there.
— Miss Cellaneous (@MCellaneous) July 8, 2017
Can’t wait for Jared Kushner to deliver the State of the Union. Or perhaps Donald Trump, Jr., who skillfully tried to make this all about him.