Ivanka Trump takes centre stage at meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau

Ivanka Trump looks at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) during a roundtable discussion at the White House on Monday (Feb 13, 2017).
Ivanka Trump looks at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) during a roundtable discussion at the White House on Monday (Feb 13, 2017).PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka got a plum spot at America's highest table on Monday (Feb 13,2017), attending her father's meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and businesswomen from both countries.

Ivanka sat next to the 45-year-old Canadian premier in the White House Cabinet Room, and opened the discussion after both leaders had spoken.

The appearance comes amid questions over the separation of Trump family businesses from the official roles of the president and his relatives.

Trump is the first president in modern times to refuse to release his tax returns or divest from his business interests - choosing instead to put his sons in charge.

 

His daughter also has significant business interests that have become the focus for government ethics watchdogs.

Trump last week tweeted that Ivanka had been "treated so unfairly" by Nordstrom, an upscale department store chain that dropped her fashion brand.

And a key Trump aide is facing possible investigation after pitching the president's daughter's fashion brand on television.

Speaking with the White House seal clearly visible over her shoulder, Kellyanne Conway gave Ivanka Trump's clothing a rave review during a Fox interview, urging shoppers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff."