When Ivanka Trump took her father’s seat while he was away from the table during meetings with foreign leaders at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany last week, the world had a collective seizure of rage.
Even though Ivanka’s an adviser to the president (an unpaid one, to be fair), the media kept on insisting it was a major faux pas of cataclysmic proportions. You know, like the time Trump got two scoops of ice cream. Something on that level of catastrophic significance.
After returning to the United States, Trump took to his favorite medium — the 140-characters-or-less lyceum of Twitter — on Monday morning to take a stand for Ivanka and claim that if the first daughter in question had been Chelsea Clinton, the media would be applauding it.
“When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!” Trump’s first tweet regarding Ivanka read.
When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
Trump was referring to a comment by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel which acknowledged Ivanka was part of the U.S. delegation and had every right to take the president’s place.
“The delegations themselves decide, should the president not be present for a meeting, who will then take over and sit in the chair,” Merkel said, according to Bloomberg. “Ivanka Trump was part and parcel of the American delegation so that is something that other delegations also do. It’s very well known that she works at the White House and is also engaged in certain initiatives.”
After re-establishing her credentials to be at the table, Trump then went after the treatment Ivanka was receiving from the left and the media…
“If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother, as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!” Trump continued.
If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother,as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
As you can imagine, it didn’t take long for the former first daughter to respond.
“Good morning Mr. President. It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me,” Chelsea tweeted, according to Reuters. “Were you giving our country away? Hoping not.”
Of course, this is coming from someone who repeatedly gets suggested by the media as a potential political candidate — including for president — in spite of the fact that her only connection to public life outside of her parents’ shadow involved her $600,000 rookie reporter job at NBC, a gig even The Washington Post was compelled to admit involved meretricious puff pieces as she was paid three to six times more than the average employee at her level to file.
Chelsea, of course, wasn’t the only one who was offering stern opprobrium for the fact that an adviser to the president also happens to be his daughter.
In an overheated piece for The Washington Post — titled, in a manner not at all meant to elicit fear in a lurid fashion, “Trump’s behavior is the biggest threat to U.S. national security” — former Obama adviser Lawrence Summers insisted that letting a presidential adviser sit at the table was like, the worst thing ever. (Aside from, you know, everything else.)
“It is rare for heads of government to step away from the table during major summits. When this is necessary, their place is normally taken by foreign ministers or other very senior government officials,” Summers wrote.
“There is no precedent for a head of government’s adult child taking a seat, as was the case when Ivanka Trump took her father’s place at the G-20 on Saturday. There is no precedent for good reason. It was insulting to the others present and sent a signal of disempowerment regarding senior government officials.”
And the London Guardian, favorite paper of the Jeremy Corbyn set, condescendingly noted that Ivanka was qualified to sit at the table — because she comes from money.
“Nevertheless, I think it’s unfair to say that Ivanka was unqualified to take her father’s place at the G20 Summit,” writer Arwa Mahdawi said. “In my opinion, she was more than qualified to do so. You see, Ivanka is rich and in today’s world — a world where eight people have as much combined wealth as half of the human race — money is the only qualification you need.”
The fact that all of this ferment seems to be over something so minor — something even Angela Merkel was willing to take a swipe at Trump for — is an object lesson in how the crisis machine on the left will routinely fashion Mt. Kilimanjaro out of a molehill when it comes to Trump.
But therein lies the problem, as I’ve pointed out before — if everything’s a crisis, nothing is. The president was able to not only point out how febrile the media’s rhetoric on this non-event was, he shut them down by pointing out their double standard — the standard which, if the media stopped using it, would leave them bereft of any standards at all.
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Source: Conservative Tribune