Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is calling out the role of the president’s daughter after a video of Ivanka interacting with several world leaders went viral on social media.
The video, originally posted to Instagram by France’s Élysée Palace, appears to show Ivanka Trump awkwardly inserting herself into a conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde.
Ivanka Trump appears to be trying to get involved in a talk among Macron, May, Trudeau and Lagarde (IMF head).
The video is released by French Presidential palace. pic.twitter.com/TJ0LULCzyQ
— Parham Ghobadi (@ParhamGhobadi) June 29, 2019
Photos of Ivanka seated prominently among the assembled world leaders also raised questions about the role of the president’s daughter in high-level diplomacy:
Take your daughter to work G20. pic.twitter.com/WSBJ6dSkXW
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 1, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to express her displeasure with Ivanka’s prominent presence at the event.
“It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification,” she wrote. “It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on.”
It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.
It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on.
The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either. https://t.co/KCZMXJ8FD9
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 30, 2019
“Phoning it in @AOC is wasting your time on Twitter while destroying jobs in NY,” Sanders wrote.[Donald Trump] & [Ivanka Trump] actually created millions of new jobs and continue to make the US stronger on the global stage but thank you for reminding Americans every day why they elected Trump.”
Ivanka’s prominent presence at the meeting also drew comparisons to Chelsea Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s daughter.
“Republicans would be drawing up articles of impeachment right now,” Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan wrote of a hypothetical scenario where Clinton’s daughter and her husband played a similar role in the White House to Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.
“Jared & Ivanka’s sole relevant qualification is being related to Trump,” Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas wrote. “Such an embarrassment.”