Crowd Hisses, Boos at Ivanka Trump During Women’s Summit

Crowd Hisses, Boos at Ivanka Trump During Women’s Summit

Throughout the presidential campaign and Trump’s first 100 days as president, his daughter Ivanka has been his right hand woman. She’s sat in on meetings with foreign leaders, has been given an office in the West Wing and has access to classified information. She recently traveled to Germany to speak on a women’s panel and she did not receive a warm reception.

Ivanka started the panel, which was held in Berlin, by explaining her role in the White House. “You are first daughter — German audience not familiar — what is your role — to whom are you represented? Your father, the American people, or your business,” Miriam Meckel, editor of Wirtschaftswoche, asked.

“Well, certainly not the latter, and I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, as it is quite new to me,” she responded. “It has been a little under 100 days, but it is just been a remarkable, an incredible journey. So it’s very early for me. I’m listening, I’m learning, I’m defining the ways in which I think I’ll be able to have impact.”

But it was when Ivanka began speaking about women’s issues that the crowd got hostile. “That is something I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy, long before he came into the presidency, he championed this in the primaries. He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” she said. At this, the crowd began to loudly boo.

Meckel then asked how Trump could be a champion of women, given his past statements about women. “I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated, but I know from personal experience, and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man,” she said. “So I think in my personal experience — and you were asking me about my role as daughter — and as adviser, as a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level knowing that he encouraged me and enabled me to thrive.”

In John Hawkins’ new book, ‘101 Things All Young Adults Should Know’, he teaches in chapter 17 that if you want to know what a person really believes, watch their actions. Ivanka’s actions don’t seem to be those of a woman who was raised to think that she was inferior, by any means.

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