German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first visit with the Trumps was awkward for a number of reasons - including her apparent confusion at the First Daughter's presence at the White House roundtable، Daily Mail reported. Many spotted the moment Merkel gave Ivanka an apparent side-eye، while quickly collecting herself and smiling along with President Trump's eldest daughter. Ivanka's specific role in the White House has raised eyebrows، given she has no official title within her father's administration.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said last month: 'I think her role is to be helpful and provide input on a variety of areas that she has deep، passionate concerns about، especially in the area of women in the workforce and empowering women. 'She is someone who has a lot of expertise and wants to offer that، especially in the area of trying to help women،' he added. 'She understands that firsthand.' Ivanka called in the big guns ahead of her meeting with Merkel on Friday، with the First Daughter's glam squad spotted arriving at her rented $5.5million DC mansion early that morning. Ivanka also went with a very conservative look for the meeting، choosing a dark blue dress that had long sleeves and a turtleneck. She livened up the dress by pinning a giant US flag over her heart، while also wearing a pair of starfish stud earrings from Tiffany & Co. - just days after the news broke that her company would be ending the production of her jewelry collection. Ivanka and Merkel are both driven women of Eastern European ancestry and unlikely power players in the world of politics. It was Ivanka who was responsible for setting up the meeting between Chancellor Merkel and her father، it was revealed on Friday، with the German leader reaching out to the First Daughter in hopes that she could organize a discussion about how to better train workers. The two women could be seen in conversation throughout the discussion and whispering and laughing together at times. Ivanka is not fluent in German but does have a basic grasp on the language and an elementary knowledge of Czech while being fluent in French.
This was the second time Ivanka has been on hand for one of these roundtables. Her first discussion was in February during Prime Minister Trudeau's visit، and focused on encouraging female small business owners. Ivanka reunited with Prime Minister Trudeau on Wednesday when the two attended opening night of the new Broadway musical 'Come From Away.' With husband Jared Kushner on Donald duty in Nashville، Ivanka was free to enjoy an evening with the global leader. Prime Minister Trudeau was also accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire، while Ivanka brought along US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley، who came with her husband Michael and son Nalin.