Skip To Content

Unfazed By Booing And Hissing, Ivanka Stays On (Vague) Message

As the Forward recently noted, Politico reports that Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Trump, got a less than friendly welcome at the W20 Conference Tuesday morning in Berlin. Most strikingly, “she was booed and hissed at by the majority-women audience at the conference when she lauded her father for supporting paid leave policies.”

Annie Karni highlights the “aggressive opening line of questioning” Ivanka received:

“You’re the first daughter of the United States, and you’re also an assistant to the president,” the moderator, WirtschaftsWoche editor-in-chief Miriam Meckel, said. “The German audience is not that familiar with the concept of a first daughter. I’d like to ask you, what is your role, and who are you representing, your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?”

The issue with Ivanka remains the ambiguity of her White House role, rather than the nepotism itself (insofar as these can be separated). The United States is not a monarchy, making it unclear in what capacity the president’s daughter is sitting alongside luminaries like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde. If a country is a monarchy, there isn’t that ambiguity: Karni notes that “Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was also a participant on the W20 panel,” but doesn’t mention a hubbub over the existence of royalty.

So why was Ivanka there? “She did not define what her new role as a senior White House official entailed,” writes Karni, but rest assured that Ivanka “call[ed] herself a feminist.” What comes through with frightening clarity from Karni’s piece is that either Ivanka doesn’t know herself what her role is in her father’s administration, or does know but considers it acceptable not to say.

Phoebe Maltz Bovy edits the Sisterhood, and can be reached at [email protected]. She is the author of “The Perils Of ‘Privilege’”, from St. Martin’s Press. Follow her on Twitter, @tweetertation

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.