Monday 1 May 2017

Ivanka Trump to attend women's economic summit with Angela Merkel

Credit: Ivanka Trump
Credit: Ivanka Trump

Helena Horton

Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's oldest daughter, has accepted an invitation from Angela Merkel to attend a women’s economic summit in Germany.

After meeting Ms Trump earlier this year, the German Chancellor invited her to the summit.

Ms Trump is due to to fly to Berlin to join women from other G20 countries and four additional US delegates.

She wrote on Twitter: "Looking forward to promoting the role of women in the economy and the future of our workforce globally #W20".

The W20 summit, which is now in its third year, is held in April.

It focuses on women's empowerment, with topics including apprenticeships for women, access to finance for business women, closing the gender digital advice and women’s inclusion in the labour force.

Last month, Ivanka Trump set up a meeting with her father and Angela Merkel to discuss vocational training.

A White House official said Mrs Merkel's staff reached out to Ivanka Trump about setting up the meeting, which proved far less frosty than the encounter between the leaders in the Oval Office when they did not shake hands.

It was also further evidence that Ivanka Trump could act as an unofficial White House liaison on the international stage, a person to help smooth over diplomatic spats - much like she did when her father ruffled feathers on the campaign trail. 

Telegraph.co.uk

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