When Ivanka Trump tweeted a photo of herself arriving in Germany for the G-20 Summit, many people were confused.
Some attacked her or used her to attack President Trump — and a number simply asked why she was even there.
As it happens, Ivanka participated in a very important panel discussion: “Launch Event Women’s Entrepreneur Finance Initiative.”
Shock reverberated through social media when this photo — now deleted from Twitter — circulated, showing Ivanka briefly taking her father’s seat at the main table while he attended another meeting:
The BBC confirmed that Ivanka did, in fact, take her father’s seat briefly while he met with the Indonesian leader — and while it was noted that a high-ranking official would be a more traditional choice, it appeared that Ivanka simply sat and listened during her time at the main table.
If the reactions of other world leaders attending G-20 are any indication, however, they appear to have already accepted Ivanka as one of their own.
She got chatty with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:
She got in on the joke with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde:
And World Bank President Jim Yong Kim was in on it as well:
Ivanka’s position as an unpaid adviser may put her in a non-traditional role at forums such as G-20 — but thus far, both she and her husband, Jared Kushner, have kept their word and kept their business dealings above board, divesting from their personal business ventures and refusing to take a salary from the White House.
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