Ivanka Trump was given a chilly reception at a women’s empowerment summit in Berlin, and at one point she even got booed and hissed at by the audience.
Ivanka arrived in Germany to attend the W20 summit. She found herself on a panel with unbelievably accomplished women, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.
Moderator Miriam Meckel did not pull punches when grilling Ivanka on her father’s policies and behavior as well as the sheer nepotism that had got her to the White House.
Meckel’s first question was something we ask ourselves every day: “You’re the first daughter of the United States, and you’re also an assistant to the president. The German audience is not that familiar with the concept of a first daughter. I’d like to ask you, what is your role, and who are you representing — your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?”
Ivanka denied she was representing her own business, of course. While she said she cared about “women in the workplace” and wanted to effect “incremental positive change,” she couldn’t exactly say what she was going to do in her new position.
The real drama came when she said, “I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy,” and added that Trump was “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.”
At that point she was booed by the audience.
“You hear the reaction from the audience,” Mecker said in turn. “I need to address one more point — some attitudes toward women your father has displayed might leave one questioning whether he’s such an ’empowerer’ for women.”
“I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media, that’s been perpetuated,” Ivanka quipped, because she lives in a universe where there’s no Access Hollywood tape.