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French release video of Ivanka Trump’s awkward G20 moment

Ivanka Trump shortly before her awkward chat with some of the world's leaders. Photo: AAP
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Ivanka Trump has been caught in an awkward moment at last weekend’s G20 summit in Japan, after seemingly inserting herself into a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders.

The video, released by the French government, shows US President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter in conversation with Mr Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagard.

In the clip, Ms May speaks to the group while the first daughter agrees and responds. Ms Lagard, however, appears particularly uninterested in Ms Trump’s participation and looks elsewhere without responding.

The French government posted the video Mr Macron’s Instagram on Sunday and it quickly went viral.

Twitter users have pounced on the awkward moment, especially Ms Lagard’s reaction. Some of the strongest reaction came from high-profile Trump critic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congresswoman, who slammed the President for bringing his daughter to the G20 summit, rather than “a qualified diplomat”.

“It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“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.”

Ms Trump, who is officially a White House adviser, was at the summit in Osaka with her husband, fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner.

In a weekend speech to the Special Event on Women’s Empowerment, on the fringes of the G20, Ms Trump called on world leaders to prioritise empowering women, and even praised her father’s administration for establishing the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative, according to the Japan Times.

“Every nation, including the United States, can – and should – do more,” she said.

“If we propose bold solutions and challenge the limits of the past, we’ll empower women to lift their families out of poverty, to grow the economies in their countries and to deliver greater peace and prosperity to millions around the world.”

Ms Trump and Mr Kushner also travelled with the US entourage on Sunday, when Mr Trump went from Osaka to the demilitarised zone on the border between North and South Korea. Mr Trump became the first sitting US president to step into North Korea, meeting briefly with dictator Kim Jong-un.

-with agencies