U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday named his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner to the official White House delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Ivanka Trump and Kushner serve as assistants and advisers to the president and have accompanied the senior Trump on numerous official appearances. Several Cabinet secretaries will also be in the Davos delegation, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Keith Krach, undersecretary of State, and Christopher Liddell, assistant to the president, will also be there January 20-24.
Critics have repeatedly questioned Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s role in shaping the administration’s financial and foreign policy.
Ivanka Trump was the subject of a social media frenzy over the summer when the French Elysée palace released a video clip of the first daughter trying to engage in a conversation with world leaders at the G20 summit in Japan, including then-British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Lagarde’s perplexed facial reaction to Ivanka Trump’s comments, as well as Ivanka Trump’s own body language, prompted memes and commentary that the first daughter appeared wildly out of place in the setting.
The French presidency later said it posted the video because Ivanka Trump was a keynote speaker on a session on gender equity. Still, the Elysée acknowledged there was “a larger narrative in the U.S. about Ivanka’s diplomatic role and that goes beyond us, of course.”
The Trump administration canceled its appearance at Davos last year owing to an ongoing government shutdown over border wall funding.
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