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Ivanka Trump Took Her Dad's Seat at the G20 World Leaders Table

10 July 2017

Ivanka Trump, who does not have any meaningful foreign policy or diplomatic experience, briefly took over for her father at a table of world leaders at the G-20 summit - essentially stepping in as a head of state.

Many critics questioned just why Trump's daughter, who is an official but unpaid adviser to her father, should represent the US on such an important world stage ― albeit for a short period of time.

A photo posted to Twitter by a Russian official attending the session during the last day of the G-20 summit shows Ivanka Trump seated next to British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump is an advisor to the president, complete with West Wing office and security clearance, but does not take any pay. Last night, local security forces again clashed with protesters who set fire to garbage cans, smashed windows and looted stores.

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Ivanka, who works in the White House as an adviser to her father Donald Trump, told reporters on a conference call that she won't play a fundraising role but will be a very strong advocate for the fund.

Both Ivanka and Kushner joined Trump in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Kushner was also at a meeting between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The First Family pushed back against the outrage regarding Ivanka Trump's role at the G20 with Donald Trump Jr.

A White House official confirmed Ivanka Trump sat in for her father.

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Also at the G20, Donald Trump and his daughter spoke at an event in which the president announced the US would commit $50 million toward a fun to empower women.

But U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, defended the move, telling CBS' "Face the Nation": "She's got her certain issues that she focuses on, and when those things come up, then that's where she is and that's what she likes to focus on". Clearly, Ivanka continues to find a place for herself in her father's White House, and at crucial political events around the globe.

GettyIvanka Trump (R) and her husband Jared Kushner step off Air Force One upon arrival at Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland.

Instead, Merkel - obviously no fan of Trump - put a damper on the troll party by pointing out the obvious; if anyone in the administration was "qualified" to sit in on a meeting discussing the finance initiative for women entrepreneurs, it was the president's daughter.

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Ivanka Trump Took Her Dad's Seat at the G20 World Leaders Table