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Watch Germans Groan at Ivanka Trump Defending Her Dad's Feminism

The crowd jeered when she called her father "a tremendous champion of supporting families."

Lauren Messman

Lauren Messman

Photo by Ali Shaker/VOA via Wikimedia

On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump joined German chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss women's issues at the W20 Summit in Berlin. The first daughter was asked about her new White House position, her views on feminism, and her business, but she was greeted with jeers the moment she started talking about her father's treatment of women, CNN reports.

When the moderator, Miriam Meckel, asked Ivanka about her father's attitude toward women, she responded by saying he's been "a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive."

That statement was received with boos, hisses, and groans from the audience, considering Trump has been caught on tape talking about groping women, and has been accused multiple times of sexual harassment and assault. The reaction from the audience was so strong that Meckel pressed Ivanka, asking her why she thought her father was an "empowerer for women" in light of his scandals.

Video via the Independent

"I know from personal experience," Ivanka replied, "and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man."

The trip to Germany was Ivanka's first international trip as an official White House employee. It's still not clear exactly what her new title is—she told Meckel that she was figuring out a definition—but the adviser role comes with an office in the West Wing, a newly hired chief of staff, and access to classified information, according to NPR.