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Ivanka Trump, Not A ‘Qualified Diplomat’?

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Sharp criticism was raised by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., towards the White House on Saturday after a video emerged of an awkward Ivanka Trump moment at the G-20 summit. Ocasio-Cortez wrote, “It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification,” saying the situation hurt the U.S. diplomatic standing in the world when the President phones it in & the world moves on. “The US needs our President working the G20, Ocasio-Cortez added. “Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”

This was a reaction by Ocasio-Cortez after seeing a viral video, that was posted by BBC journalist Parham Ghobadi, which he described as Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to President Trump, trying to “get involved” in a conversation with several world leaders: French President Emmanuel Macron, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde. The The encounter drew widespread mockery online. The encounter drew widespread mockery online.



Before heading to South Korea, president Trump also attended the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

A rapidly rising star and freshman lawmaker, Ocasio-Cortez, has generated endless headlines with tweets calling out both her critics and the Trump administration. She has previously called out the first daughter and real estate heiress for criticizing the idea of a guaranteed job.

The context of the 19-second video clip that was published on the official Instagram account of the French presidential palace is not provided, and the sound quality leaves some of the dialogue unintelligible. However, it shows Macron making a comment about “social justice” to which Ivanka Trump nods and expresses agreement.


May then says, “as soon as you begin talking about the economic aspect of it, though, a lot of people start listening who otherwise wouldn’t listen.” “Yeah,” Ivanka Trump agrees. “And the same with the defense side of it,” which she says is “male-dominated.”

Many Twitter users characterized the attempts by the president’s daughters to join the conversation as embarrassing. A number of commentators noted an apparent eye roll from Lagarde as Ivanka Trump spoke.

During the global event in Osaka, Japan, Ivanka Trump represented the U.S. in meetings with leaders from China, Japan, Russia, India and Australia, the South China Morning Post reported. She also led the U.S. delegation in a special discussion on women’s economic empowerment.