Ivanka Trump shows Merkel she has mettle as Donald's daughter 'takes up West Wing office'

Ivanka Trump shows Merkel she has mettle as Donald's daughter 'takes up West Wing office'

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And Ms Trump appeared to have a lot on her plate including a high profile Q&A with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and chancellor Angela Merkel during her trip.

The president’s Wharton educated daughter, 35, who is married to Jared Kushner, brushed off the unwelcome reception she received as she defended her father’s record.

And she blasted back at critics of President Trump‘s alleged sexism as she represented him in a second meeting with Merkel in as many weeks.

Ivanka Trump met once again with Angela Merkel GETTY

Ivanka Trump met once again with Angela Merkel


I’m listening, I’m learning, I’m defining the ways in which I think I will be able to have an impact

Ivanka Trump


Ivanka regularly travels with her father and is said to have been behind some of his strategic defence decisions.

She has reportedly taken up an office in the West Wing of the White House, close to national security advisor Dina Powell, after taking an official government position.

The businesswoman and mother-of-three, who has followed in her father’s footsteps, was flanked with tight security in Berlin which was hit by a terror attack in December. 

Ivanka says she is listening as she faces off with disgraced IMF chief Lagarde GETTY

Ivanka says she is listening as she faces off with disgraced IMF chief Lagarde


I’m listening, I’m learning, I’m defining the ways in which I think I will be able to have an impact

Ivanka Trump


When asked about her new ad-hoc ambassadorial position, she said: “I’m listening, I’m learning, I’m defining the ways in which I think I will be able to have an impact.”

Members of the audience appeared to be unreasonably rude to the President’s daughter who has a strong record in her own right.

They hissed as she tried to defend her father after Mr Trump’s treatment of women became a sore point of the US election last year when he was caught on audio making lewd statements, which he later apologised for.

Ivanka visited the holocaust memorial during her visit GETTY

Ivanka visited the holocaust memorial during her visit

She defended her father insisting: “I think thousands of women who have worked with my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man.”

After the discussion with Merkel and Lagarde, Ms Trump visited the Berlin headquarters of Germany’s largest electronic manufacturer Siemens.

She was accompanied by Germany’s minister for Education Johanna Wanka who appeared to be nervous of the poor state of EU trade regulations.

Indicating that they were cognisant of their American workforce, she said: “Since we are 60,000 in the US, I think it’s also your company.”

Ms Trump’s trip to Germany came just a week after her father’s pick of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross tore into the EU over its consistent failures in trade.

Mr Ross accused Brussels of holding the entire world back over its restrictive policies as the IMF and World Bank met in Washington.

Ivanka has a great relationship with her dad's pick Wilbur Ross GETTY

Ivanka has a great relationship with her dad’s pick Wilbur Ross

Mr Ross blasted the organisation, claiming its deficits “eats the surpluses of the whole rest of the world”. 

In a scathing assessment New Jersey-born Mr Ross also questioned why the bloc was happy to accept the £399billion ($500billion) deficit with the USA.

The United States population is currently estimated at 323 million while the EU’s was estimated to be 510.3 million people in 2016.

However the US imports considerably more from the EU than it exports with figures from the Census Bureau showing a clear £116,633million ($146,340.1million) deficit for 2016.

Mr Ross said the Trump administration is not going to be “tolerant” of the deficit which has been running for 40 years.

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