Ivanka Trump sits in for president at G-20 meeting
Sean Gallup/Getty Images(HAMBURG, Germany) — First daughter Ivanka Trump filled her father’s seat at a table of world leaders during a meeting at the G-20 Summit on Saturday when President Trump left the session to attend to another matter.
An image of the first daughter seated among world leaders at the summit in Hamburg, Germany, first surfaced on Twitter.
Asked about the photo, a White House official said Ivanka Trump’s time sitting in for her father was brief and that the topic under discussion at the time was relevant to her advocacy role on a women’s economic development initiative with the World Bank.
“Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the president had to step out, and the president of the World Bank started talking as the topic involved areas such as African development, areas that will benefit from the facility just announced by the World Bank,” the official said.
The official also noted that it’s customary for a representative of the president’s delegation to occupy his seat if he steps out of the room and that other nations follow the same practice. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also occupied the president’s seat for a time during another meeting on Friday, according to the official.
Earlier in the day, President Trump announced that the United States is pledging $50 million to benefit a new World Bank fund spearheaded by Ivanka to make capital and mentorships more easily available to women entrepreneurs in the developing world.
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