Donald Trump: Ivanka’s life would be easier if she wasn’t my daughter

HAMBURG, Germany — President Donald Trump said Saturday that it might be easier for daughter Ivanka if her last name wasn't Trump.

Heaping praise on her at the launch of a new women's economic empowerment event, Trump said: "I'm very proud of my daughter Ivanka, always have been from day one. I have to tell you that. If she weren't my daughter it would be so much easier for her.

"It might be the only bad thing she has going," he added.

As a senior adviser in the Trump White House, Ivanka has made her "passion" for female advancement a central focus. Saturday's event celebrated a new World Bank Facility for Women Entrepreneurship, with the U.S. putting $50 million into Ivanka-backed effort to break down financial barriers for women in businesses.

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First Lady Melania Trump is pictured during a meeting with Polish President's wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda (Unseen) at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw on July 6, 2017. US President Donald Trump is on his first visit behind the former Iron Curtain. He is expected to focus largely on defence in talks with Baltic, Balkan and central European leaders. / AFP PHOTO / ANDRZEJ HULIMKA (Photo credit should read ANDRZEJ HULIMKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
The daughter of US President Donald Trump Ivanka Trump (R) and her husband White House senior advisor Jared Kushner make their wave from Air Force One to Marina One upon arrival at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017. Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Bernd Von Jutrczenka / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read BERND VON JUTRCZENKA/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Warsaw military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner arrive accompanying the U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (not pictured) at Warsaw Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland, July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
WARSAW, POLAND JULY 05: (SOUTH AFRICA AND POLAND OUT): Arrival of the President of the United States Donald J. Trump and the First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Melania Trump with their family on July 05, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. The US President arrives at Warsaw Chopin Airport at Military Airport Terminal. (Photo by Karol Serewis/Gallo Images Poland/Getty Images)
First Lady of the U.S. Melania Trump smiles during her meeting with First Lady of Poland Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
First Lady of the U.S. Melania Trump and First Lady of Poland Agata Kornhauser-Duda visit the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
First Lady of the U.S. Melania Trump meets First Lady of Poland Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Polish President's wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda (R) play with children as they visit the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw on July 6, 2017. US President Donald Trump is on his first visit behind the former Iron Curtain. He is expected to focus largely on defence in talks with Baltic, Balkan and central European leaders. / AFP PHOTO / ANDRZEJ HULIMKA (Photo credit should read ANDRZEJ HULIMKA/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump (center L) and Polish President's wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda (Center R) play with children as they visit the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw on July 6, 2017. US President Donald Trump is on his first visit behind the former Iron Curtain. He is expected to focus largely on defence in talks with Baltic, Balkan and central European leaders. / AFP PHOTO / ANDRZEJ HULIMKA (Photo credit should read ANDRZEJ HULIMKA/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady of the U.S. Melania Trump waves as she, U.S. President Donald Trump, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda leave after Trump's public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
U.S. President Donald Trump holds First Lady Melania Trump before Trump's public speech in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
U.S. President Donald Trump stands next to First Lady Melania Trump, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda before his public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump waves next to First Lady of the U.S. Melania Trump, Polish President Andrzej Duda and First Lady of Poland Agata Kornhauser-Duda before Trump's public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump delivers a speech next to U.S. President Donald Trump in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
WARSAW, POLAND JULY 06: (SOUTH AFRICA AND POLAND OUT): The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda meets the President of the United States Donald J. Trump on July 06, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish President is the host of the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Warsaw (Photo by Karol Serewis/Gallo Images Poland/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Ivanka's role in the initiative is that of a global champion and advocate for the cause, a senior World Bank official told reporters. A senior White House official says she will not be involved in the fundraising efforts.

But Ivanka has faced criticism for her White House role, ranging from perceived conflicts of interest to being lambasted as "complicit" in controversial policies pushed by her father's administration.

"If being complicit is wanting to...be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I'm complicit," she said, defending herself in an April interview with CBS.

The president, in town for the G-20 Summit, also acknowledged the protests taking place in the city. "Quite a few people," Trump observed to host German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "They seem to follow your G-20s around. But you have been amazing."

Daily protests across the city have left hundreds injured, and even temporarily trapped First Lady Melania Trump in her residence Friday, preventing her from attending pre-planned events.

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US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Leaders Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet at the G-20 in Hamburg. 

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US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Leaders Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet at the G-20 in Hamburg. 

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HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 7, 2017: Melania Trump (L), First Lady of the United States, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of a G20 summit. Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), Donald Trump, President of the USA (C) meets Vladimir Putin, President of Russia and President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (L) during the G20 Summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 group of nations are meeting July 7-8 and major topics will include climate change and migration. (Photo by BPA via Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA) Donald Trump, President of the USA (left), meets Vladimir Putin, President of Russia (right), at the opening of the G20 summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 group of nations are meeting July 7-8 and major topics will include climate change and migration. (Photo by Steffen Kugler /BPA via Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: International leaders attend the group photo on the first day of the G20 economic summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 group of nations are meeting July 7-8 and major topics will include climate change and migration. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) talks to the US first lady Melania Trump (R) as they attend a state banquet in the Elbphilarmonie concert Hall on the first day of the G20 economic summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 group of nations are meeting July 7-8 and major topics will include climate change and migration. . (Photo by Felipe Trueba - Pool / Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: World leaders pose for a family photo during the G20 summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Leaders of the G20 group of nations are meeting for the July 7-8 summit. Topics high on the agenda for the summit include climate policy and development programs for African economies. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes part in a family photo along with French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S.President Donald Trump, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, South African President Jacob Zuma, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Brazilian President Michel Temer, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, U.N. Secretary-general Antonio Guterres, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Senegal's President Macky Sall, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Saudi Arabia Minister of State Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Secretary Jose Angel Gurria, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director Roberto Azevedo, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, International Labour Organization (ILO) Director Guy Ryder, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Financial Stability Board (FSB) President Mark Carney and other leaders at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, South African President Jacob Zuma, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and other leaders pose for a family photo at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to Melania Trump during the official dinner at the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld,Pool
US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C-R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C-L) hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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