NEW YORK: Ivanka Trump briefly sat in for father, President Donald Trump, during the G-20 summit on Saturday after the president stepped out.
The move caused a stir because usually government ministers or senior officials are the ones called to stand in for heads of state.
A White House official said Ivanka Trump was sitting in the back, but joined after her father stepped out and the World Bank president started talking about issues such as African development – areas that will benefit from the women’s entrepreneurship initiative just announced by the World Bank.
The official also noted that when other leaders stepped out, their seats were also briefly filled by others in the delegation.
She was photographed sitting near Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by a White House reporter.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley defended the first daughter’s actions Saturday, stressing that she has focused on important issues like female entrepreneurship, poverty and famine.
“She’s got her certain issues that she focuses on and when those things come up then that’s where she is,” the ambassador said during an interview with CBS set to air Sunday, adding that the first daughter is “very well accepted nationally and internationally.”
“She sees herself as part of a public servant family and she doesn’t want to waste this time by not putting forward some effort to try and help the world,” Haley said.
Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father, on Saturday spoke on a panel for a symposium on women and entrepreneurship, where President Trump later announced that the U.S. pledged $50 million to the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative.
At the symposium, World Bank President President Jim Yong Kim said Trump was the catalyst for the initiative, bringing her own business experience and clout.