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Ivanka Trump can be seen in a now-viral video painfully trying to insert herself in a conversation with world leaders at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, over the weekend.
The conversation was taking place between French President Emmanuel Macron, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chair Christine Lagarde. When the president’s daughter tried to speak to them, their facial expressions noticeably changed–Lagarde’s expression in particular.
Ivanka Trump appears to be trying to get involved in a talk among Macron, May, Trudeau and Lagarde (IMF head).— Parham Ghobadi (@ParhamGhobadi) June 29, 2019
The video is released by French Presidential palace. pic.twitter.com/TJ0LULCzyQ
The video was released by the French government on Sunday, something one Twitter user called an “epic Nepotism Barbie burn.”
People definitely felt second-hand embarrassment while watching the video. It even got the meme treatment.
“That made my social anxiety hurt. My worst nightmare. Trying to be social and engage and getting slammed. Good for them. I hope it hurt bad,” one Twitter user wrote.
Ivanka: Hi guys!!!— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 30, 2019
RT OYFtheBook: RT JamesMelville: When Ivanka Trump speaks, the look on Christine Lagarde’s face tells its own story. pic.twitter.com/3YQvp3RwNo— Jacko_in_Furness #CEP (@FurnessJacko) June 30, 2019
President Donald Trump’s children regularly accompany their father on political trips, which is something that is often criticized by the general public and lawmakers alike.
“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,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) wrote on Twitter. “The U.S. needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”
It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 30, 2019
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
I would like to hear Ivanka Trump's explanation about this video.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 30, 2019
Oh wait, Senior White House Advisor @IvankaTrump blocked me. Can you forward the below video to her and ask for her response? Thanks.
P.S. Can you also ask her why Jared Kushner still has a security clearance? https://t.co/qQ4xdrrpyl
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Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.