Ivanka Trump got a chilly reception at an international summit to promote women’s economic empowerment on Tuesday when she tried to promote her father as a great advocate for women and families.
“I’m very, very proud of my father’s advocacy, long before he came to the presidency but during the campaign, including in the primaries,” Trump said on a panel at the Women20 summit in Berlin. “He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive in the new reality of—”
The crowd responded to her comments with muttering and grumbling.
“You hear the reaction from the audience, so I need to address one more point,” the panel’s moderator, Miriam Meckel, cut in. “Some attitudes toward women your father has publicly displayed in former times might leave one questioning whether he’s such an empower-er for women.”
“I certainly heard the criticism from the media, and that’s been perpetuated,” Trump replied.
She cited “the thousands of women who have worked with and for” her father as a “testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women.”
Meckel did not specify which of President Donald Trump’s comments might call his attitudes toward women into question, though one example might be the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump bragged about how his fame enabled him to grab women “by the pussy” and forcibly kiss them. Read full story here