Ivanka Trump Takes Her Father’s Seat At G20 Summit

Ivanka Trump Takes Her Father’s Seat At G20 Summit

Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, took her father’s seat at the G20 summit today as he stepped out of a meeting.

This is not normal.

From The Hill:

Ivanka Trump briefly took her father’s seat at a G20 Summit session on Saturday, sitting next to world leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A photo posted to Twitter by a Russian G-20 representative shows Ivanka sitting at the table in place of President Trump.

Ivanka Trump Takes Her Father’s Seat At G20 Summit

Cabinet officials usually replace the president at those sessions when a stand-in is needed. But Ivanka Trump, an official adviser to the president, took his place instead.

“Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the president had to step out,” the White House said in response to the photo. The topic at hand concerned one of Ivanka Trump’s projects, the World Bank finance initiative for women entrepreneurs.

Any number of cabinet officials, like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, could have sat in for Trump. Instead, his daughter, with no qualifications other than her last name, sits down next to world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan.