BERLIN — Ivanka Trump, making her overseas debut as the U.S.’ first daughter at a women’s summit in Berlin on Tuesday, was forced to defend her father’s attitude towards women. Sitting on a G-20 panel with female leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Donald Trump’s daughter drew chuckles from the audience when she praised “my father’s advocacy” on the issue and his role as “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.” The panel moderator, a finance journalist, interjected, saying: “Some attitudes toward women your father has publicly displayed … might leave one questioning whether he is such an empowerer for women.” “I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated,” she replied.
“I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades, when he was in the private sector, are testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man.” Ivanka, a glamorous former model who started her own fashion line, has worked for her billionaire-father’s company and now has an office in the White House. She said her father “encouraged me and enabled me to thrive.” “I grew up in a house where there were no barriers to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity … There was no difference for me and my brothers.” Merkel is seen to be cultivating a good relationship with Ivanka as a key communication channel with the Trump presidency. News magazine Der Spiegel saw the meeting as “a summit of the two women who are supposed to moderate Donald Trump — if that is even possible.”