- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the White House adviser Ivanka Trump for attending the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, saying on Twitter that “being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.”
- “It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on,” she added. “The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”
- Trump’s attendance at the G20 summit and at a hastily arranged private meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the weekend sparked heightened criticism.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York blasted the White House adviser Ivanka Trump for traveling to Asia to meet with world leaders alongside her father.
“It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification,” the congresswoman tweeted on Saturday night. “It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on. The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”
Ocasio-Cortez and others, including former US ambassadors, have criticized the president for elevating his eldest daughter to an influential position in his White House.
Trump’s attendance at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, and at a hastily arranged private meeting between the president and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the weekend sparked sharp criticism.
Ocasio-Cortez and others pointed to a video of Trump jumping into a discussion at the G20 meeting among Theresa May, the outgoing prime minister of Britain, Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have both received scrutiny for their influential, public-facing roles in the Trump administration.
“Ivanka Trump is not on the National Security Council – she is not an adviser on the issues being discussed,” Michael McFaul, an ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, told The New York Times. “So her presence undermines the professional look of the Trump delegation, both to other countries and to national security professionals in the Trump administration.”
Others argued that having the child of a president play diplomat made it appear as though the US was being run by a royal family.
“It looks to the rest of the world like we have a kind of a constitutional monarchy,” Christopher Hill, a US ambassador to South Korea who oversaw negotiations with North Korea under President George W. Bush, told The Washington Post.
It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.
It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on.
The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either. https://t.co/KCZMXJ8FD9
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 30, 2019
Ivanka Trump appears to be trying to get involved in a talk among Macron, May, Trudeau and Lagarde (IMF head).
The video is released by French Presidential palace. pic.twitter.com/TJ0LULCzyQ
— Parham Ghobadi (@ParhamGhobadi) June 29, 2019
"God bless America and God bless each and every one of you for being out here and for everything that you do and your sacrifice and your service."@IvankaTrump speaks to troops at Osan Air Base in South Korea. pic.twitter.com/W1liLBmQRZ
— The Hill (@thehill) July 1, 2019
Several prominent defenders of the administration hit back at Ocasio-Cortez over her criticism of Trump.
“Phoning it in @AOC is wasting your time on Twitter while destroying jobs in NY,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who recently resigned as the White House press secretary, tweeted on Sunday. “@realDonaldTrump & @IvankaTrump actually created millions of new jobs and continue to make the US stronger on the global stage but thank you for reminding Americans everyday why they elected Trump.”
In a statement to The Times, a White House spokeswoman called the criticism of Trump’s videotaped discussion with foreign heads of state “absolutely pathetic.”