WH Blasts Ivanka Trump ‘Haters’ for ‘Sad but Not Shocking’ Criticism of Her G-20 Summit Appearance

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A deputy communications secretary for the White House blasted the critics of President Donald Trump‘s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, after her appearance during the G-20 summit.

The president’s daughter’s appearance at the influential G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, over the weekend drew criticism of Ivanka’s place in the Trump administration from detractors, including self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

“It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on.”

The freshman firebrand included a widely circulated video clip of Ivanka jumping into a conversation with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that critics used to suggest that the president’s daughter was annoying the leaders present.

White House deputy communications secretary Jessica Ditto called the criticism of Ivanka “absolutely pathetic” in an email and blasted the clip as a “misrepresentation,” according to the New York Times.

Ditto expanded on her previous statement Monday, saying that seeing the criticism from Ivanka’s “haters” was “sad but not shocking.”

“It is sad but not shocking that the haters choose to attack Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the president, when she is promoting U.S. efforts to empower women through strategic partnerships with world leaders,” Ditto said.

“The G20 and [People’s Republic of Korea] visits were substantive and historic,” she added. “Thanks to President Trump’s leadership our country is more prosperous and secure.”

The comments from Ditto came the day after the president held a historic meeting with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, where Trump became the first sitting president to step foot in the Hermit Kingdom.

As IJR Red previously reported, North Korea expert Harry Kazianis lauded the meeting as a “genius move” and said that he believes the Hermit Kingdom and the U.S. are “closer to a deal” on North Korea’s nuclear capabilities than ever before.

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