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Ivanka Trump's Big Role on Trip Is a Hot Topic

President's daughter raises her profile on world stage, and critics pounce
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2019 8:07 AM CDT
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner walk in the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Ivanka Trump didn't just accompany her father on his recent overseas trip, she played a prominent role as as an official diplomat in meetings with foreign leaders. The first daughter even became one of the relatively few Americans to have stepped foot inside North Korea, an experience she described as "surreal," per the Independent. Much of the coverage hasn't exactly been glowing, with critics complaining that Trump is overstepping her role as White House adviser. The details:

  • Her role: The Washington Post has a story assessing the "the gray area she occupies—family, employee, envoy, advocate," one that "frequently overlaps with the work of career diplomats." A big quote in the story comes from former US ambassador Christopher Hill: "It looks to the rest of the world like we have a kind of a constitutional monarchy," he says, calling this "increasingly problematic in terms of our credibility."

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