Ivanka Trump sang praises of her father Donald Trump at the G20 women’s summit but her remarks were met with murmurs from the audience.
During a panel discussion about female entrepreneurs with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ivanka Trump said she did not recognise her father in the description and criticisms perpetuated in the media.
The panel also featured Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who is a UN Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development and Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of Foreign Affairs.
Ivanka said: “He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there were no barriers to what I could accomplish.” The audience reportedly groaned and booed when she said Donald Trump was a “tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”.
Ivanka has a background in business after joining her father’s organisation a year after she completed university. She was invited to join the panel by Angela Merkel during her trip to Washington in March.
President Trump’s comments and attitudes towards women have often landed him in hot water.
He intimated in his 2004 book How to Get Rich, that women can only rise to the top if they’re sexually desirable and has repeatedly used his twitter account to insult women that opposed him. In March, millions of women around the world marched to protest the US President.
Today, documents leaked to Foreign Policy have revealed that Donald Trump plans to remove all funding for a State Department office that promotes the rights of women around the world.
The budget will be reduced from $8.25 million (£6.43 million) to zero in 2018, although the President’s full budget will still have to pass through Congress.
Oxfam’s vice president for policy, Paul O’Brien, said: “It’s clear that women’s empowerment and gender equality are on the chopping block in this budget,”
Musimbi Kanyoro, the president and chief executive of the Global Fund for Women, told The Independent: “An action like this de-prioritises women and girls and holds the threat that we will actually see global women’s rights recede rather than advance under the watch of this administration.”