Ever since Ivanka Trump was given security clearance and a White House office, the American people have been scratching their heads and wondering what it is she actually does. While the exact scope of her new advisory position is unclear, a new report from Bloomberg reveals that it involves international travel.
On Thursday, Bloomberg announced that Ivanka will be traveling to Berlin, Germany on Tuesday of next week to attend the W20 Summit and participate in a panel entitled “Inspiring Women: Scaling up Women’s Entrepreneurship.”
According to a statement released by the White House, Trump was invited to attend the event at the “direct invitation” of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The invitation apparently “stemmed from the roundtable on Vocational Education and Workforce Development [Trump] hosted with Chancellor Merkel at the White House in March.”
While in Berlin, prior to attending a gala dinner, Trump will also take a tour of Siemens Technik Akademie, a technical school, and visit the United States embassy and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. These visits reportedly have to do with the fact that “education and skills training” are “central to Ivanka and Chancellor Merkel’s agenda.”
Shortly after the news broke about Trump’s upcoming travel plans, a number of Twitter users began expressing their frustration over the situation and suggesting that she and Merkel might actually have different agendas.
Many were quick to point out Trump’s lack of political experience.
Why let diplomats conduct diplomacy? It's much better to send your daughter, a jewelry designer. This is insultinghttps://t.co/7PXN5EV9bE
— Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) April 20, 2017
@marceldirsus Germans value professionalism,academic credes,good qualifications,logical reasoning…NONE of which the 🇺🇸 delegate has in diplomacy + 💣 🇸🇾
— f37nutcracker (@f37nutcracker) April 20, 2017
Others also suggested that Trump is really traveling to Germany to promote her own business and obtain some new trademarks. These comments were surely brought on by the fact that Trump recently landed a number of new deals after a dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
@Karoli We can rest assured if Ivanka Trump is visiting Germany as a U.S. Govt rep, it's to help her make more money in her businesses.
— Missy Milton (@MissyMMilton) April 20, 2017
— Arsenal Gooner! (@gma_27) April 20, 2017
At the same time, plenty of people are wondering whether Trump, with her wealthy upbringing, is the best person to speak about economic empowerment.
@AP What exactly does she offer in terms of women's empowerment? She was born into wealth,married into wealth,what can she contribute?
— Chris Dalbey (@cadalbey) April 20, 2017
— lolmnan2w92w9w29 (@lizzbeth5301) April 20, 2017
@AP What does she now about empowerment? She didn't have to work hard to get to the top. She was born there. Empowerment? From her that's a joke
— CMG (@cmngtgroup) April 20, 2017
Some are just hoping that, in protest of Trump’s presence, no one will show up to the event.
— Scott M Collins (@seattletigerM) April 20, 2017
With this upcoming trip to Germany, Ivanka Trump may be trying to prove that her White House position is not just for show; however, it’s going to take a lot more than an invitation from the German Chancellor to convince the American people that Ivanka has earned her job.
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