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Chelsea Clinton Hits Back At Trump After Personal Attack Comparing Her To Ivanka

by Tod Perry

July 10, 2017
via Twitter

President Trump’s reliance on close family members in his administration looks rather bizarre in a democracy. It’s a practice commonly used by mafia dons and authoritarian dictators because family members are usually more loyal to the person in power. The problem is that, before his 2016 campaign, Trump’s children had very little experience in international affairs or domestic politics. 

On Saturday, the president drew raised eyebrows after his daughter, Ivanka Trump, took his seat at the G20 Summit alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!” President Trump tweeted. 

Contrary to Trump’s tweet, it’s not standard protocol to have a family member assume a leader’s seat at a summit while they are temporarily away. “This is a group of the 20 most powerful leaders in the world in the 20 most powerful countries in the world,” Former NATO ambassador Nicholas Burns told The Washington Post. Burns also said that during his experience at summits, the secretary of state would take the president’s seat at the table. “Authority is not conferred upon family members because of the president’s position,” Burns added.

Trump responded to critics by saying he was being held to a double standard.

Chelsea Clinton didn’t take Trump’s implication about her mother lightly. She stood up to the president with a firm, but dignified, response.

In her tweet, Clinton implied that Trump was already giving our country away by handing his unqualified daughter a seat at the table with the most powerful people in the world. But if one lets Trump’s hypothetical play out, Chelsea Clinton would be a much better choice to hold his seat at the summit than his daughter. Clinton has a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Oxford. Ivanka Trump has a bachelor’s degree in economics. 

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Chelsea Clinton Hits Back At Trump After Personal Attack Comparing Her To Ivanka