The audience at the W20 Summit — a G-20 adjunct focused on women’s issues — booed and groaned when Ivanka Trump praised her father as a “tremendous champion of supporting families.”
“I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy,” Ivanka said, lauding her father for supporting paid leave policies that enable families to thrive.
“You hear the reaction from the audience,” the moderator responded. “I need to address one more point — some attitudes toward women your father has displayed might leave one questioning whether he’s such an empower-er for women.”
“I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media, that’s been perpetuated,” Ivanka said. “As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level. I grew up in a house where there was no barriers to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and tenacity. That’s not an easy thing to do, he provided that for us. There was no difference.”
The line of questioning during the panel turned aggressive with the first question.
“You’re the first daughter of the United States, and you’re also an assistant to the president,” the moderator said. “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?”
“Certainly not the latter,” Ivanka said. “I’m rather unfamiliar with this role as well…It has been a little under 100 days, and it has just been a remarkable and incredible journey.”