- People are editing Ivanka Trump into historic photos and artworks after a video went viral showing her having an awkward exchange with world leaders at the G20 summit.
- With the hashtag “#UnwantedIvanka,” people edited Ivanka into moments such as the D-Day landings and a Muhammad Ali fight.
- The video, which appeared to show Ivanka Trump trying to join in talks among leaders of the UK, France, and the International Monetary Fund, sparked new criticism of her senior White House role.
- Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that “being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification” and that President Donald Trump should bring a “qualified diplomat” to the summit.
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People are editing Ivanka Trump into historic scenes with the hashtag “#UnwantedIvanka” after a video of her having an odd conversation with world leaders at the meeting of G20 leaders went viral.
The video, shared by the French government, appeared to show Trump trying to engage in conversation with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and the International Monetary Fund’s chairwoman, Christine Lagarde.
The conversation appeared awkward, and it sparked new debate about how Trump, who is the eldest daughter of US President Donald Trump, landed her role as White House adviser and why she was at the summit.
Ivanka Trump has been edited into photos of the D-Day landings, a Martin Luther King Jr. speech, and famous artwork
Ivanka Trump has now been edited into some of history’s best-known photos artwork, including the D-Day landings and the signing of the US Declaration of Independence.
— Phil Herbert (@phil_herbert) June 30, 2019
— Phil Herbert (@phil_herbert) June 30, 2019
— PlagueOfJustinian ☠️ (@brewmasterbones) June 30, 2019
— *clever & forgettable name here* (@OpheliasMarbles) July 1, 2019
Walter Shaub, the former head of the US Office of Government Ethics, also tweeted composite pictures, and said they highlighted “the inappropriateness of the nepotist squeezing into official events.”
Footage of the awkward talk led to renewed scrutiny over Ivanka’s role
The video, shared by the Élysée Palace – France’s equivalent to the White House – government, shows Ivanka Trump appearing to interrupt world leaders. They have shifted their bodies away from her and look away as she speaks.
You can see the video, shared on Twitter by the BBC journalist Parham Ghobadi, here:
Ivanka Trump appears to be trying to get involved in a talk among Macron, May, Trudeau and Lagarde (IMF head).
The video is released by French Presidential palace. pic.twitter.com/TJ0LULCzyQ
— Parham Ghobadi (@ParhamGhobadi) June 29, 2019
Ivanka Trump seems to interrupt Macron to agree with him as he says something about “social justice.” May then says: “As soon as you talk about the economic aspect of it, though, a lot of people start listening who wouldn’t otherwise listen.”
Trump then says, with a smile: “And it’s the same with the defence side. In terms of the whole ecosystem, it’s been very male-dominated.”
The footage renewed scrutiny about Trump’s role in the White House, which began as she started informally advising her father when his presidency began.
It continued after she was made an official adviser in 2017, as people questioned whether she was qualified to be part of the administration’s staff.
She spoke at the G20 summit’s event focusing on women’s empowerment, where she called on G20 leaders to do more to strengthen economic freedom for women around the world.
The footage led Democrats to question why Trump was able to attend the G20 summit and in the position to engage with world leaders.
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared the video, saying the president should bring a “qualified diplomat” to the summit.
“It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification. It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on,” she tweeted.
“The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”
And Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California said he wanted to “hear Ivanka Trump’s explanation about this video” and asked why her husband, Jared Kushner, still had a security clearance.
I would like to hear Ivanka Trump's explanation about this video.
Oh wait, Senior White House Advisor @IvankaTrump blocked me. Can you forward the below video to her and ask for her response? Thanks.
P.S. Can you also ask her why Jared Kushner still has a security clearance? https://t.co/qQ4xdrrpyl
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 30, 2019
Kushner is also an adviser to the president, his father-in-law, and has come under scrutiny for his high-level security clearance and his close relationships with foreign governments as he spearheads some of the Trump administration’s policies in the Middle East.
Ivanka Trump has previously said neither she nor Kushner received preferential treatment while being granted clearances.
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