W20 Summit: Ivanka Trump to make first foreign trip

by Itunuoluwa Adebo

First daughter Ivanka Trump is set to make her first appearance on the world stage Tuesday with her  trip to attend the W20 Summit in Germany, where she will be received not only as first daughter, but as one of the closest, most trusted advisers to the president of the United States.

While Trump’s campaign may have rattled the European continent, his polished daughter may be able to smooth his image ahead of his own trip to Europe next month to attend the NATO and G7 Summits.

Anita McBride, a former chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush  said “There is really no greater emissary than a family member when you’re traveling abroad, because these are the people who are closest to the president. They show something that is quite unique that no staff member, no adviser, no other emissary can really do.”

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Ivanka Trump is traveling to Berlin at the direct invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel whom the president famously accused of “ruining Germany” during the campaign but for whom he has since expressed respect. He received her at the White House for a visit last month.i

At the W20 summit, Ivanka Trump will take part in a high-profile panel on women’s entrepreneurship that includes Merkel, IMF Director Christine Lagarde, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, among others.

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Ivanka will also visit the U.S. embassy for a meet-and-greet with embassy staff while in Berlin, in addition to visiting a technical academy and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. She will cap her day by attending a gala dinner.

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