Donald Trump shocked observers as he handed over his seat at a G20 meeting to his daughter Ivanka in Hamburg, Germany.
Russian official Svetlana Lukash posted — and then mysteriously deleted — a photo of Ivanka Trump seated between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping, where her father had been sitting during a meeting of world leaders at the Group of 20. But observers screenshotted the image before it was deleted.
Twitter took Trump to task Saturday morning for his apparent cronyism, especially considering the Trump administration has been under fire for its friendliness with Russia, now that Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election is being investigated by U.S. officials.
Why the hell is Ivanka Trump sitting in for daddy at G20 meetings?! What are her qualifications? Who voted for her?
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 8, 2017
I didn’t vote for Ivanka. Neither did anyone. This is not how women of integrity want to see women represented in politics. This is corrupt https://t.co/WXqVMdEnz8
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) July 8, 2017
This pic of Ivanka seated next to the Pres China and PM of UK is disturbing. What’s also disturbing: we have the pic because of the Russians pic.twitter.com/XDvhXrQprr
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 8, 2017
Had Michelle Obama (more qualified than Ivanka) filled Barack’s seat at the G-20, the media and the GOP would be calling for impeachment.
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) July 8, 2017
Trump is truly Putin’s puppet. It was a Russian who took the humiliating pic of Ivanka sitting in Trump’s place at G20.
— Millennial Democrats (@Millennial_Dems) July 8, 2017
No. One. Elected. Ivanka. https://t.co/pv5GOZfQyy
— Rich Ching (@richching) July 8, 2017
Ivanka is also being called out for participating in a political discussion, despite saying previously that she would stay out of politics.
Ivanka, June 26: "I try to stay out of politics."
July 8: Seated with global leaders as an equal at the G20 summit. https://t.co/PLMz5fRUD1
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 8, 2017
Cabinet ministers have been known to sit in for leaders at G20 meetings, but the move by Ivanka — who is an official advisor to Trump — was the first time a family member replaced a leader at the summit.
Trump even stepped into the fray in an attemept to defend his daughter, calling her a “champion” in a press conference.
Trump on Ivanka at the G-20: “If she weren’t my daughter, it would be so much easier for her.” pic.twitter.com/i1Qfacy7ww
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 8, 2017