Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Ivanka forced to defend Trump at women’s summit

BERLIN: Ivanka Trump, making her overseas debut as the US “First Daughter” at a women’s summit in Berlin on Tuesday, was forced to defend her father’s attitude towards women. Sitting on a G20 panel with female leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Donald Trump’s daughter drew chuckles from the audience when she womens summitpraised “my father’s advocacy” on the issue and his role as “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”. The panel moderator, a finance journalist, interjected, saying: “Some attitudes toward women your father has publicly displayed… might leave one questioning whether he is such an empowerer for women.” “I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated,” replied the 35-year-old Ivanka. “I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades, when he was in the private sector, are testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man.” Ivanka, a glamorous former model who started her own fashion line, has worked for her billionaire-father’s company and now has an office in the White House. She said her father “encouraged me and enabled me to thrive”. Merkel is seen to be cultivating a good relationship with Ivanka as a key communication channel with the Trump presidency. German mag Der Spiegel saw the meeting as “a summit of the two women who are supposed to moderate Donald Trump – if that is even possible”. It said “the hopes of the free world rest on the two women because they supposedly have the power to influence the man who looks down on women”.

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