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People are editing Ivanka Trump into historic scenes with '#UnwantedIvanka' after her awkward G20 conversation with world leaders

Sinéad Baker , Business Insider US
 Jul 01, 2019, 04:01 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President Donald Trump, and Donald's daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump at the G20 summit meeting in June 2019.
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  • People are editing Ivanka Trump into historic photos and artworks after a video went viral showing her having an awkward exchange with world leaders at the G20 summit.
  • With the hashtag "#UnwantedIvanka," people edited Ivanka into moments from the D-Day landings to a Muhammad Ali fight.
  • The video appeared to show Ivanka try to join in talks between leaders of the UK, France, and the IMF, and sparked new criticism of her senior White House role.
  • Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that "being someone's daughter actually isn't a career qualification" and said Trump should bring a "qualified diplomat" to the summit.
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People are editing Ivanka Trump into historic scenes with the hashtag "#UnwantedIvanka" after a video of her having an odd conversation with world leaders at the meeting of G20 leaders went viral.

The video, shared by the French government, appeared to show Ivanka trying to engage in conversation with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and IMF chairwoman Christine Lagarde.

The conversation seems awkward, and sparked new debate about how Ivanka, who is the eldest daughter of US President Donald Trump, landed her role as White House advisor and why she was at the summit.

Ivanka has been edited into photos of the D-Day landings, Martin Luther King's speech, and famous artwork

Ivanka has been edited into some of history's most important photos, from the D-Day landings, to the signing of the US Declaration of Independence, to some of the most important moments in cultural history.

Footage of the awkward talk led to renewed scrutiny over Ivanka's role

The video, shared by the Élysée Palace - France's equivalent to the White House - government, shows Ivanka appear to interrupt world leaders. They have shifted their bodies away from her and look away as she speaks.

You can see the video, shared on Twitter by BBC journalist Parham Ghobadi, here:

While it is not totally clear, Ivanka seems to interrupt Macron as to agree him as he says something about "social justice." May then says: "As soon as you talk about the economic aspect of it though, a lot of people start listening who wouldn't otherwise listen."

Ivanka then says, with a smile: "And it's the same with the defense side. In terms of the whole ecosystem, it's been very male-dominated."

The footage renewed scrutiny about Ivanka's role in the White House, which began as she started informally advising her father when his presidency began.

It continued after she was made an official adviser in 2017, as people questioned whether she was qualified to be part of the administration's staff.

Ivanka spoke at the G20 summit's women's empowerment event, where she called on G20 leaders to do more to strengthen economic freedom for women around the world.

Ivanka Trump with world leaders, including the heads of Japan, Canada, and Saudi Arabia, during an event promoting women's empowerment at the June 2019 G20 summit.
Kyodo News via Getty Images

The footage led Democrats to question why Ivanka was able to attend the G20 summit and in the position to engage with world leaders.

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared the video, saying that Trump should bring a "qualified diplomat" to the summit.

"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," she tweeted.

"The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn't hurt either."

And Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu said he wanted to "hear Ivanka Trump's explanation about this video" and asked why her husband, Jared Kushner, still has security clearance.

Kushner is also an adviser to Trump, his father-in-law, and has come under scrutiny for his high-level security clearance and his close relationships with foreign governments as he spearheads some of Trump's policies in the Middle East.

Ivanka has previously said that neither she nor Kushner received preferential treatment while being granted clearances.

But Trump has fanned the flames by suggesting that he would put Ivanka forward for more senior roles, including leading the World Bank.

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