Ivanka Trump takes her father’s seat at G20 leaders’ table

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Themorningbellbd.com desk, July 8: In an unusual move Ivanka Trump briefly took her father Donald’s seat at a summit of world leaders on Saturday.

Ivanka Trump takes her seat at the beginning of the third working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/POOL

The US president had stepped away for a meeting with the Indonesian leader during the G20 meeting.

Ms Trump is an adviser to her father, but a leader’s absence is usually covered by high-ranking officials.

A BBC correspondent at the summit said he could recall no similar precedent. There has been widespread criticism on social media.

Mr Trump returned a short while later to retake his seat between the British prime minister and the Chinese president.

Ms Trump did not seem to make any major contribution to the session on African migration and health during her father’s absence.

Ivanka Trump attends the Women’s Entrepreneurship Finance event during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Kappeler/Pool

A photograph of her presence was tweeted by a Russian attendee, but later deleted.

Some users highlighted that Ms Trump is unelected, or questioned her credentials – as a fashion brand owner – to sit at such a senior diplomatic meeting.

Others lampooned her appearance among the world’s most powerful leaders after her claim in an interview two weeks ago that she tries to “stay out of politics”.

Ms Trump had joined her father for an earlier G20 event on Saturday on women’s entrepreneurship and finance, along with German chancellor Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, director of the International Monetary Fund.