First Daughter-turned-impromptu U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ivanka Trump is not having a great time overseas.
On her first international trip as a representative of the Trump administration, the model and entrepreneur spoke at an event for women’s economic empowerment. However, when the subject turned to her father’s presidency, she insisted the man who once bragged about grabbing women by their genitalia was a “tremendous champion of supporting families.” That’s when, according to The Independent, the Berlin crowd started booing and hissing.
“[Women who worked for the Trump Organization] 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,” said Ivanka, doubling down on her endorsement of her father’s attitude about women. “He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity.”
Ivanka’s whitewashing of her father’s behavior toward women in his businesses doesn’t jibe with reality. As FRONTLINE reported last September, one woman who worked for Trump recalled the odd way in which he complimented her. Barbara Res, who was a vice president at the Trump Organization between 1980 and 1992, said Trump’s misogynistic views were on full display even when he was trying to make nice.
“Donald told me that he thought that men were better than women—especially in this field—but that a good woman was better than ten good men,” Res told FRONTLINE. “I think he believed that women had to prove themselves more than men, so a good woman would work harder.”
Other attendees at the economic summit in Berlin were German chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF director Christine Lagarde, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, and the Netherlands’ Queen Maxima.
Watch the video of Ivanka’s uncomfortable confrontation with the crowd below:
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.