US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka sits in for him at G20 meeting

Ivanka Trump fills the US president's seat at the G20 meeting table.
SVETLANA LUKASH/TWITTER

Ivanka Trump fills the US president's seat at the G20 meeting table.

US President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, has taken his seat at a G20 meeting table in Germany, sitting in for her father when he stepped away for one-on-one meetings with world leaders.

A photo on Twitter shows Ivanka Trump sitting at her father's place, between Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister Theresa May. One official who was watching the session said she had taken her father's place at the table on at least two occasions today and did not speak.

A spokesman for Ivanka Trump said she had been sitting in the back of the room and then briefly joined the main table when the US president stepped out. The president of the World Bank addressed the meeting, which was about African migration and health - areas that would benefit from a facility that Ivanka Trump and the World Bank had announced shortly before the meeting, the spokesman said.

Ivanka Trump, right, greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
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Ivanka Trump, right, greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

G20 leaders are allowed to bring staff into the room for some of the meetings, and when other leaders stepped out during today's session, their seats were briefly filled by others. Ivanka Trump serves as an unpaid adviser to her father, as an assistant to the president.

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US President Donald Trump arrives with his daughter Ivanka Trump for a working session at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
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US President Donald Trump arrives with his daughter Ivanka Trump for a working session at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

But her presence at the table is the sort of blurring of lines -- between family and official business -- that Donald Trump is often criticised for, and it would be unusual for world leaders to have family members take their place at their table.

Seated at other seats nearby Ivanka Trump were German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey's Recip Tayyip Erdogan.

The photo was tweeted, and later deleted, by the Russian sherpa to the G20, Svetlana Lukash, who wrote that Ivanka Trump "replaces Pres Trump at the #G20 table as he leaves for bilateral meetings".

Earlier in the day, Ivanka Trump took part in a World Bank event on a fund for women entrepreneurs that she is actively involved in. The president praised her work on the fund at the event.

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"I'm very proud of my daughter Ivanka, always have been from day one. I have to tell you that, from day one," Donald Trump said. "If she weren't my daughter it'd be so much easier for her. It might be the only bad thing she has going if you want to know the truth."

 - Bloomberg

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