Ivanka Trump gets booed in Germany after saying that Donald Trump "has been a tremendous champion of supporting families"

The first daughter received a less-than-warm reception by residents of America's ally, Germany

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published April 25, 2017 2:25PM (EDT)

 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

As Ivanka Trump's influence grows within the administration of her father, President Donald Trump, so too will the degree to which people hold her personally accountable for his actions.

This was evident in Germany on Tuesday, when Ivanka was booed at a women's panel she attended along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"He's been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive," Ivanka said, as murmuring and booing became audible from the crowd. When the moderator asked Ivanka for her reaction to this — specifically mentioning Donald Trump's history of misogynistic comments — the first daughter replied that "I certainly heard the criticism from the media and that's been perpetuated by —"

After trailing off for a moment, Ivanka resumed, "I know from personal experience, and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women, and their ability to do the job as well as any man."

Not surprisingly, Twitter has noticed and reacted to this incident.

Ivanka Trump also claimed during the conference that, despite criticisms that she hasn't done a lot (or anything) to advance women's interests in her role as a presidential adviser, she has in fact effectively pushed for "incremental positive change."

This is similar to Ivanka Trump's argument earlier this month that she doesn't need to speak out against her father's policies which harm women because "I don’t think that it will make me a more effective advocate to constantly articulate every issue publicly where I disagree. And that’s okay. That means that I’ll take hits from some critics who say that I should take to the street. And then other people will in the long-term respect where I get to. But I think most of the impact I have, over time most people will not actually know about.”

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By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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