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Ivanka Trump G-20 Summit
Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, attends a working session at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. The leaders of the group of 20 meet July 7 and 8. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Ivanka Trump shared a table with world leaders while filling in for her father at a G-20 meeting


Donald Trump's daughter and unpaid "assistant to the president" Ivanka Trump took over his seat at a G20 summit session on Saturday to represent the United States, the Washington Post reported.

The first daughter was found sitting in the president's place during a session on "Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health," and was in the company of British Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the Washington Post, the fill-in was unusual considering government ministers or senior officials would typically take the president's place in these situations, but both Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have already joined high-level meetings at the summit.

Trump and her father had entered the session together, but according to a spokesperson for the first daughter, she "briefly joined the main table when the President had to step out," the Washington Post reported.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference, "The delegations themselves decide, should the president not be present for a meeting, who will take the chair, and Ivanka Trump was part of the American delegation. It is very well known that she works at the White House and that she is engaged in certain initiatives."

And U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also commented and defended the decision on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"She’s got her certain issues that she focuses on, and when those things come up, then that’s where she is and that’s what she likes to focus on. I think she sees herself as part of a public servant family, and she doesn’t want to waste this time by not putting forward some effort to try and help the world," Haley said.

Trump had also joined her father earlier in the day at a World Bank session on women's entrepreneurship.

Some people think that Ivanka Trump is not qualified to be there.

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