Ivanka Trump declared ‘the most powerful woman in the world’ during India trip

First daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump took on a role of diplomat this week with a trip to India, and her appearance had at least some people referring to her as "the most powerful woman in the world."

India official K.T. Rama Rao used the phrase when introducing the first daughter on Wednesday at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, a three-day event held in Hyderabad.

According to an AFP report, the comments were echoed by others who praised Ivanka as a "rockstar." 

"She is one of the most powerful women in the world at the moment so whatever she says does have an impact," Indian social entrepreneur Nishita Manne reportedly said.

"Ivanka Trump has a rockstar quality. She oozes glamour and class," another 19-year-old student told AFP.

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
HYDERABAD, INDIA - NOVEMBER 28: : (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - ' GOVERNMENT OF INDIA / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (2 L) and the US President Donald Trump's Advisor, Ivanka Trump (L) visit the Virtual Exhibition at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit-2017, in Hyderabad, India on November 28, 2017. (Photo by Government of India / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, attends the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, attends the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India, November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump (C) speaks during a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summmit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 28, 2017. Ivanka Trump urged India on November 28 to close its yawning gender gap in the job market, telling a business summit in her biggest foreign mission yet that this would bring huge economic benefits. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, attends the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India, November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
HYDERABAD, INDIA - NOVEMBER 28: : (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - ' GOVERNMENT OF INDIA / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (L) and the US President Donald Trump's Advisor, Ivanka Trump (R) visit the Virtual Exhibition at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit-2017, in Hyderabad, India on November 28, 2017. (Photo by Government of India / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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And a new report out Wednesday suggests that Ivanka's power may extend beyond her presence abroad. 

The New York Times reported that her father initially wanted combine a repeal the so-called Obamacare "mandate" requiring Americans to have health insurance and use the savings to cut the tax rate paid by the richest Americans, a move that would have benefitted him. Ivanka reportedly teamed up with her allies in the Senate to instead expand a child tax credit. 

The move suggests that her sway, while not perhaps as strong as some who sought to temper the president would have hoped, has not fully diminished during her father's first year in office. 

During the summit in India, she focused her comments on opening more employment opportunities for women. 

She spoke at length about the need to close the gender gap.

SEE MORE: Ivanka Trump, feted in India, calls for closing gender gap in business

“We are half the population so we need to start thinking about them as critical issues," she said. 

Forbes recently placed her at number 19 on its 2017 "World’s Most Powerful Women" list.

The praise and high-profile role comes in contrast to new reports out about the first lady suggesting she was not interested in her role in the White House. 

Melania Trump criticized "liberal media" following the report. 

"Once again part of the liberal media, this time Vanity Fair, has written a story riddled with unnamed sources and false assertions," the first lady said in a statement issued by her spokeswoman. "As a magazine tailored to women it is shameful that they continue to write salacious and false stories meant to demean Mrs. Trump, rather than focus on her positive work as First Lady and a supportive wife and mother. As has been stated on the record many times before, she is honored by her role."

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US First Lady Melania Trump walks through Christmas decorations in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks through the Grand Foyer as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump throws a Christmas ornament as she makes garland with children in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump watches a ballet performance in the Cross Hall as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump watches ballerinas perform in the Grand Foyer as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump makes Christmas garland with children in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump hugs children in the East Room as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump makes garland with children in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks through Christmas decorations in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump makes Christmas decorations with children in the State Dining Room as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump watches ballerinas perform in the Grand Foyer as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump speaks with children as they make holiday decorations in the Green Room as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump speaks with children as they make holiday decorations in the Green Room as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump greets schoolchildren as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump greets schoolchildren as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump high-fives a schoolchild making Christmas crafts, as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump greets schoolchildren as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (bottom, R hand) makes craft projects with school children as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump greets school children as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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