As Donald Trump made his “historic” trip onto North Korean territory, Ivanka Trump had her own “surreal” trip across the line of demarcation.
Traveling to Seoul along with her father, Ivanka was spotted at the DMZ around the president’s historic handshake and third meeting with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
She was seen walking into one of the blue painted buildings that straddle the border, entering with husband Jared Kushner. Both are White House advisors to the president.
When she emerged, a reporter asked her how it was to visit North Korea. “Surreal,” she replied. The border line runs inside the building.
“Surreal,” Ivanka answered with a laugh. I asked, “How was North Korea?” as they emerged.
— Margaret Talev (@margarettalev) June 30, 2019
Donald Trump was at the DMZ to with Kim, who hailed the president as “courageous.” Trump called it a “historic” meeting and announced the resumption of talks.
Jared and Ivanka were also in the room when Trump met with Kim, the New York Times reported.
Ivanka was also in the spotlight after the release of footage showing her awkwardly attempting to join in a conversation between Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and Christine Lagarde.
The video, released by Macron’s office on Instagram, prompted ridicule from political opponents and others, with many picking up on the look on Lagarde’s face when Trump tried to enter the conversation.
Ivanka Trump appears to be trying to get involved in a talk among Macron, May, Trudeau and Lagarde (IMF head).
The video is released by French Presidential palace. pic.twitter.com/TJ0LULCzyQ
— Parham Ghobadi (@ParhamGhobadi) June 29, 2019
The New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.
“It hurts our diplomatic standing when the president phones it in and the world moves on. The US needs our president working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”
It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.
It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on.
The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either. https://t.co/KCZMXJ8FD9
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 30, 2019
Some commentators remarked on the extent of the role played by Ivanka Trump at the G20, where she spoke to the media after her father’s meetings with the Indian and Japanese leaders and also appeared prominently in official leaders’ photographs.