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A great discussion with two world leaders about the importance of women having a seat at the table! 🇺🇸🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/AtiSiOoho0
The photo tells you everything and nothing.
Ivanka Trump sits beaming in the president’s chair. President Trump stands behind his older daughter, resting a hand on her back. To the right is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in town for a meeting about trade, the economy … and women.
Women in business is Ivanka Trump’s self-professed forte, and the appearance was her most prominent White House visit since she announced she would take a leave of absence from her apparel company and move to Washington. She even stayed quiet last week when Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to the president, was accused of violating ethics rules for promoting Ivanka Trump's brand on television. But the first daughter's appearance does little to explain what role she will play in her father's administration.
Ivanka Trump has crafted her brand around boosting women at work, publishing tips on how to build a career while raising a family. Her next book , out in May, is called “Women Who Work.”
Back in July, at the Republican National Convention, she introduced Trump with a speech that broke from the party’s platform, asserting lawmakers must better support female breadwinners.
Then, Trump credited his daughter with influencing his plan to create a paid maternity leave program and allow parents to deduct child-care costs from their taxes.
But thus far, Trump has spoken about lifting women without mentioning the policies he pitched with his daughter in September, and she operates in his White House without a clear role.
The picture Ivanka Trump tweeted Monday shows a close familial bond — and enormous political access.
“A great discussion,” she wrote, “with two world leaders about the importance of women having a seat at the table!”
Patricia Phalen, a professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University in the District, said the situation is unique. Previous presidents didn’t have grown children living in Washington.
“There’s no precedent for it,” Phalen said. “Though first families do meet foreign leaders. If she was 5 years old, everyone would say, oh that’s cute! She’s sitting in her father’s chair.”