Some observers criticized the seating arrangement of a German-US business summit at the White House، which placed Ivanka Trump next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Sputnik reported. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Washington on Friday، where she met President Donald Trump for the first time. Before a much-talked about joint news conference، the leaders held a private meeting and a roundtable discussion with German and US business leaders. Merkel had invited the CEO's of German companies Siemens and BMW to the meeting in order to impress on Trump the contribution they make to the US economy. In addition to the German business leaders، the President's daughter Ivanka Trump was also in attendance at the meeting. Ivanka، who was seated next to the German Chancellor، has her own jewelry and fashion business. However، some observers questioned whether her business credentials were sufficient to earn her a place at the meeting. Many observers took to social networks to surmise that Chancellor Merkel was asking herself the same question.