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Friday 15 December 2017

Ivanka Trump draws jeers as she defends her father over treatment of women

Ivanka Trump, IMF chief Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talk on stage at the W20 conferencein Berlin. Photo: Getty
Ivanka Trump, IMF chief Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talk on stage at the W20 conferencein Berlin. Photo: Getty

David Rising Berlin

Ivanka Trump drew groans and jeers from an audience in Berlin while defending her father's attitude toward women, but she brushed it aside as "politics" during her first overseas trip as a White House adviser.

Appearing on a high-powered panel at a conference to push for more support for women in business, Ms Trump also said she was still trying to define her place in her father's administration.

"I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, as it is quite new to me, it's been a little under 100 days," she said.

Ms Trump has faced criticism in the US, particularly from those who think she has done little to temper her father's conservative agenda.

Sharing a stage with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and others, Ms Trump was asked by the moderator whom she was representing - US President Donald Trump, the American people, or her own business interests. "Certainly not the latter," Ms Trump said.

As Ms Trump described her father as "a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive", she drew scattered groans and jeers from the audience, prompting moderator Miriam Meckel to press her for a response.

"You hear the reaction from the audience, so I need to address one more point: Some attitudes toward women your father has publicly displayed in former times might leave someone questioning whether he is such an empowerer for women," said Ms Meckel. "Are things changing?"

Ms Trump replied: "I've certainly heard the criticism from the media, and that's been perpetuated."

She added that her own personal experience and the fact that "thousands" of women have worked with and for Mr Trump for decades in the private sector "are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women".

Later, she said she was unfazed by Ms Meckel's direct questions in a public forum.

"I'm used to it. It's fine," she said, and also shrugged off the audience's reaction.

"Politics is politics, as I'm learning."

Irish Independent

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