Trump Defends Ivanka Taking Seat at G20. Chelsea Clinton’s Response is Classy.

Chelsea Clinton graciously responded Monday morning to a tweet that President Donald Trump made regarding whether she’d be criticized for sitting in her mother’s seat during an important meeting.

During the G-20 summit last week in Hamburg, Germany, President Trump took tremendous flak for asking his daughter to sit in his seat while a meeting among the member-state nations was taking place.

It is typical for presidents and other heads of state to step out of such meetings to engage more directly with other nations, though usually those who sit in their place are high-ranking cabinet officials, the Hill reports. Ivanka Trump serves as an adviser for the president, and wouldn’t be a usual choice to fill his shoes under ordinary circumstances.

Many saw the move as fitting between being somewhat strange to being downright wrong. Brian Klaas, a political author and frequent Trump critic, suggested it was an out-of-place setting for an “unelected, unqualified, daughter-in-chief.”

On Twitter, Trump defended his daughter for sitting in his place, saying it was perfectly acceptable and suggested that even Angela Merkel would approve.

Merkel did in fact take time to remark that what Trump did wasn’t necessarily wrong, stating that Ivanka Trump “was part of the American delegation, so that is something that other delegations also do.”

But President Trump went further, using the opportunity to take a shot at the daughter of his opponent during the presidential campaign, Chelsea Clinton, saying that there would be an entirely different reaction from the media if she had been asked by her mother to sit in her place during the G-20.

Trump also suggested that Clinton, as president, would have given “our country away,” a charge that is baseless and bewildering. But Chelsea Clinton, herself a frequent user of social media, had the perfect response to the president.

“It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me” to sit in the spot reserved for them, she said. She also had a question for the president: “Were you giving our country away? Hoping not,” she wrote.


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