Taking part in a Berlin summit, United States president's daughter says she is still "rather unfamiliar" with first daughter role.
"Some attitudes toward women your father has publicly displayed in former times might leave one questioning whether he's such an empowerer for women", said the moderator, the editor of a German business magazine and also a professor of corporate communications at St. Gallen University in Switzerland.
"Well, certainly not the latter, and I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, as it is quite new to me", she said, admitting, as she has before, that her place in the administration is unprecedented and unfamiliar. She seems to join in that uncertainty saying that she is still learning in the first 100 days, "This is very early for me", she said. While that's certainly a more polished and breathy version of her dad's "Well I don't know, I was given that information".
The audience interrupted Trump with hissing and boos during a discussion on paid leave when she began describing her father as an advocate for women. "I have no doubt that coming out of this trip I'll be more informed".
Meckel intervened again after Trump described the president as "a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive", noting some groans from the audience.
Donald Trump found himself at the centre of a furious controversy during the presidential campaign when a video surfaced in which he boasted about grabbing women's genitals. "I grew up in a house where there was no barriers to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity".
Trump also embraced the title of feminist while criticizing the movement for not being inclusive enough.More news: Bill O'Reilly ousted from Fox News amid harassment allegations
"I do think there's obligation upon us and upon all women to support and to hold each other up and to be inclusive". She has never expressly disagreed with her father's policies in public, but she says that she has done so in private. He thinks we have potential.
The W20 Summit focused on women's leadership in the Group of 20 nations and was attended by many high-profile female businesswomen.
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, touches a stllee when visiting the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe after she participated in the W20 Summit in Berlin Tuesday, April 25, 2017. She said that she thought it was important for people to learn to disagree in respectful ways, which is what she thought had happened at the conference.
"I'm used to it", Trump said, smiling.
"I think of that as believing in the social, political, and economic equality for all genders".
Merkel personally invited Trump on her first global trip since her father assumed office to discuss business, foreign policy and other issues of importance between the U.S. and Germany. She was on the front page of multiple newspapers in the lead-up to her visit.
More specifically, the paper Berliner Zeitung ran a front page headline referring to Ivanka as "First Flüsterin", meaning "first whisperer".