Earlier this week, Ivanka Trump spoke at W20 Women’s Summit in Berlin. She was part of a panel that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (ed–Maxima is such a great name for a queen).
When Ivanka Trump referred to her father as a champion of families, according to a lot of the media this happened:
“I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy,” Trump said, adding that he is “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.”
But that’s precisely when the audience began taking issue with Trump’s response, and they let her hear it with a round of boos and hisses.
Ivanka Trump was met with jeers from the audience as she defended her father’s treatment of women during a women’s panel with Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday.
But she was booed and hissed at by the majority-women audience at the conference when she lauded her father for supporting paid-leave policies. “I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy,” she said, calling him “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.”
Ivanka Trump defended her father at a women’s panel in Berlin Tuesday after attendees hissed and booed when she attempted to champion her father’s commitment to women’s issues.
The problem is that this doesn’t seem to have happened.
From the German newspaper Bild, headline There was no booing of Ivanka.
Many people were surprised by Ivanka Trump’s performance in Berlin. Contrary to the stereotype, the daughter of the US President made a sophisticated and level-headed impression at the panel discussion with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, and head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde. The glamorous White House ambassador also cleverly handled a controversial issue.
US media, however, are focusing on something else: they claim that Ivanka was booed and sneered at. BILD clarifies:
At the “Women20 Summit”, there was in fact a moment during the panel discussion when the audience began murmuring. Panel moderator Miriam Meckel asked Ivanka whether she was speaking as the First Lady – in Melania Trump’s place – or as the new advisor to the President. Ivanka replied in a disarmingly honest way: “This role is quite new to me, it has been little under 100 days.” She said that she would be happy to bring what she learned here home with her and that she would discuss it with her father.
This is the video clip.
You hear a couple of groans (I groaned, too, at the idea of paid family leave being required of American companies) but there is no booing. At all. The audience, as one would expect of civilized people, was respectful. There is certainly nothing in the crowd’s behavior that would justify any of the stories of the event.