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Julie Bishop gushes over ‘charming, delightful’ Ivanka Trump

Julie Bishop, Ivanka Trump, UN General Assembly New York
Julie Bishop makes the acquaintance of "delightful" Ivanka Trump during her time as foreign minister. Photo: Julie Bishop / Twitter
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Posing together at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Julie Bishop and Ivanka Trump looked like old friends, squashing up close for happy snaps with the US first daughter towering over the Australian foreign minister.

Ms Bishop looked like she didn’t at all mind being outflanked. After the meeting, she gushed about Ivanka: “Charming, delightful, very intelligent and a committed young woman.

“I’m very pleased to get to know her.”

So pleased that Ms Bishop, an experienced politician and not generally star-struck, posted the pictures of the duo on Twitter with some emojis.

She also tweeted a photo of herself and partner David Panton at a UN event with Mr Trump and his wife, first lady Melania.

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Ms Bishop with her partner David Panton and Mr Trump and Mrs Trump at a UN event in New York. Photo: Julie Bishop / Twitter

The two women first met on Tuesday at the diplomatic talkfest, where Ms Bishop is leading the Australian delegation. She had talks with President Trump before sitting down with his eldest daughter.

The foreign minister’s mission? To gauge if there are opportunities for Australia to partner with presidential senior adviser and businesswoman Ivanka, 35, and her Women Entrepreneurs Fund.

The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged $100 million to the fund, and that Ivanka had also pitched to World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim and several world leaders.

Ms Bishop didn’t say if she was completely sold, but was delighted “to be part of opportunities her foundation and the US administration more generally” may have in working with Australia on issues including ending modern slavery and human trafficking.

Just as Bishop appeared to add some spotlit pleasure into her high-level official duties, so too did Ivanka during her visit to New York from Washington, where she and husband Jared Kushner now live.

The mother-of-three met her brother Eric’s newborn son Eric “Luke” Trump, and posted a photo of the occasion to social media: “Cuddling my little nephew Luke … the best part of an otherwise incredible day!”

Twitter users jumped on the strange inclusion of the word “otherwise” and rained criticism on Ivanka. “Words mean things. This makes no sense, dude,” wrote one.

Said another, “What? So other than holding this you’re your day was great?”

Donald Trump’s longtime celebrity adversary, model Chrissie Teigen, was among those schooling Ivanka over her misuse of the word.

“‘Otherwise’ implies you did not like hangin’ with this baby,” posted Teigen, who later added what Ivanka should have said: “Overall, is the word.”

Judging by her photos with Ms Bishop, the social media storm didn’t bring down Ivanka’s spirits, but – in a busy week – she told talk show host Dr Mehmet Oz what did: childbirth.

After having Arabella, 6, Joseph, 3, and Theodore, 1, Ivanka “had some level” of postnatal depression, she said.

“It was a very challenging emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and executive.

“I had had such easy pregnancies that in some way, the juxtaposition hit me even harder.”

Ivanka shared with Dr Oz that now her decisions “weigh much heavier” now that they are “impacting people’s lives”, she has a way to cope with stress.

“One thing that I continue to do is meditate,” she said. “It’s been enormously helpful to me.”

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