Watch: Ivanka Trump booed by audience after she describes father as ‘champion’ for women – Trump was participating in a panel discussion on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship at the W-20 Summit in Germany.
Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Ivanka Trump, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the W20 Summit under the motto “Inspiring women: scaling up women”s entrepreneurship” in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2017. (Reuters)
Upon defending her father at a women’s panel in Berlin and trying to portray him as a committed individual to women’s issues, the US President’s daughter Ivanka Trump was met with boos and hisses by the attendees.
The event opened with the first daughter explaining her role in the White House. “You are first daughter — German audience not familiar — what is your role — to whom are you represented? Your father, the American people, or your business,” asked Miriam Meckel, editor of German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche.
“Well, certainly not the latter, and I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, as it is quite new to me. It has been a little under 100 days, but it is just been a remarkable, an incredible journey. So it’s very early for me. I’m listening, I’m learning, I’m defining the ways in which I think I’ll be able to have impact,” replied Trump, a top adviser to her father.
However, things took an awkward turn when a discussion on paid leave began upon which Ivanka began describing her father as an advocate for women. Which was when she was interrupted with hissing and boos. “That is something I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy, long before he came into the presidency, he championed this in the primaries. He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” Trump said before the crowd began jeering.
Meckel asked Trump to respond to those who question if the President is an “empowerer of women”, given his history of making controversial statements about women. “I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated, but I know from personal experience, and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man,” she said.
“So I think in my personal experience — and you were asking me about my role as daughter — and as adviser, as a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level knowing that he encouraged me and enabled me to thrive,” Trump added.
Trump was participating in a panel discussion on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship at the W-20, a summit of G-20 countries aimed at promoting women’s workforce participation and equality. She was one of eight participants, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, reported CNN.
Later when she was asked to respond to the booing, Trump told reporters “politics is politics” and emphasised her comments about the need to engage in dialogue. “I’m used to it, it’s fine. I think, you know, for me and I sort of said it at the end, I think what’s so important is we have to be able to engage in dialogue with one another and we have to be able to have different viewpoints and feel comfortable candidly expressing ourselves without fear of being labelled and ostracised. And I think that’s how progress is made,” she said.
The first daughter is in Germany as Merkel personally invited Trump on her first international trip since her father assumed office to discuss business, foreign policy and other issues of importance between the US and Germany.