President Trump's trip to Asia highlights daughter Ivanka's prominent role

During President Donald Trump's trip to Japan and South Korea, one senior adviser took center stage in photos and on social media — his daughter Ivanka.

At critical meetings and throughout his travels in Asia, Ivanka Trump was there supporting her father, his agenda and her own women’s empowerment project.

On Sunday, the senior adviser to the president was in the room with her father at one point during his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, captured and highlighted in footage aired by North Korean state TV.

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On Sunday, June 2, Ivanka Trump arrived in London one day ahead of the state visit. She took some time off to view the Victoria and Albert Museum. Posing with a friend, she wore a bright yellow dress made by Les Rêveries ($648) and electric blue pumps.

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On Monday, June 3, Ivanka Trump visited Westminster Abbey (with husband Jared Kushner in tow) where President Donald Trump laid a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Warrior on day 1 of his State Visit to the UK.

For the occasion, Ivanka wore an all-white ensemble by Alessandra Rich including a pleated skirt ($1,085), suit jacket with puffy sleeves ($1,995) and crystal embellished belt ($735). She accessorized the look with a fascinator by Irish designer Phillip Treacy and nude pumps by Gianvito Rossi ($696).

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Alessandra Rich High-Waisted Pleated Wool-Crepe Skirt, $651 (Originally $1,085)

Gianvito Rossi pointed clear pumps, $696

Alessandra Rich Crystal-Embellished Leather Belt, $735

Along with the entire Trump family, Ivanka attended the state banquet held at Buckingham Palace on Monday, June 3. Kate Middleton, Melania Trump and Queen Elizabeth all wore white, while Ivanka opted for a powder blue Carolina Herrera trench gown ($10,990) with shirt collar and buttons. Some called her look inappropriate for the occasion.

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On Tuesday, June 3, Ivanka accompanied her father President Donald Trump to meet U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May. She wore a pleated polka-dot skirt ($1,190), pussy-bow blouse and leather tape pumps ($750) by Burberry.

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Burberry Dalmatian Print Silk Pussy-bow Blouse, $1,190

Burberry Tape Detail Leather Pumps, $750

On Tuesday, June 4, Ivanka Trump attended a dinner hosted by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Winfield House for Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during their state visit.

This time, Ivanka opted to wear all-white in the form of a one-shoulder crepe gown by Safiyaa. She paired the look with embellished white satin Jimmy Choo pumps ($950).

We can assume the gown was customized because currently it's only available in a mint color for $1,750.

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Safiya Kora One-Shoulder Heavy Crepe Gown, $1,750

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On her own Instagram account, she shared photos entering and leaving one of the blue huts straddling the border between the two Koreas. Asked by a reporter about her trip to the North, she replied, "Surreal."

Her involvement at the G-20 summit that preceded the trip to the Koreas went viral when the French president’s office released a video of her speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron, the prime ministers of the United Kingdom and Canada, and International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde.

Her appearances quickly became a talking point in hyperpartisan discussions in Washington thousands of miles away.

Lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., responded to the video on Twitter, saying that “being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification.”

“The U.S. needs our president working the G-20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either,” she added.

But it is not as clear-cut as all that, according to former White House staffer Peter Feaver.

As an adviser to the president, Ivanka Trump has not needed to be confirmed by Congress — a role that is unusual but not unprecedented, he said. President John F. Kennedy appointed his brother, Robert Kennedy, as attorney general in the early 1960s.

"This seemed to be a moment where she came even further from the margins to center stage," said Feaver, who served under President Bill Clinton as director for defense policy and arms control, and as a special adviser on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush.

This more visible role could be a harbinger of a more formal role if Trump is elected to a second term, one that could require a confirmation from Congress, he said.

"If you're thinking about it in those terms, the more of a public record you can build up of you doing important things responsibly, the better the confirmation hearings would go," Feaver added.

Prior to her father taking office, Ivanka Trump ran her own lifestyle brand and appeared in his television show, “The Apprentice.”

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Ivanka Trump at the Return Dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, as part of US President Donald Trumps's state visit to the UK.
Beautiful dinner hosted by Ambassador and Mrs Johnson, POTUS and FLOTUS in honor of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall.
Such a wonderful evening in honor of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Winfield House 🇺🇸❤️🇬🇧 #USStateVisit
Our amazing team at The Winfield House for a reciprocal dinner hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Johnson with Prime Minister and Mr. May and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall. #USStateVisit #POTUS #Trump
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Her lack of formal diplomatic experience fueled a trending hashtag #unwantedIvanka on Twitter and memes with her image inserted into famous historic moments, including the Beatles crossing Abbey Road and the painting “American Gothic.”

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders struck out at critics of Ivanka Trump.

"President Trump and Ivanka Trump actually created millions of new jobs and continue to make the U.S. stronger on the global stage but thank you for reminding Americans everyday why they elected Trump," she tweeted.

Huckabee Sanders did not indicate which jobs numbers she was referring to.

At the start of the G-20, Ivanka Trump joined in photos with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, along with her father and her husband, Jared Kushner, a fellow senior White House adviser. On Saturday, she spoke at a meeting about women's empowerment — a cause she has promoted since her father's 2016 campaign for president.

On the White House YouTube channel, she updated followers about her father’s meetings, highlighting discussions about 5G technology and security with the prime ministers of Japan and India. She called India a “critical trading partner, critical security partner and critical ally.”

Since her father took office, she has become both a diplomat and cheerleader. On her Instagram, followed by 4.9 million people, and Twitter feed, followed by 6.6 million, she often posts videos and photos of her meetings and travels.

In May, she joined her father on his state visit to the U.K., along with her other siblings, and joined in meetings with top U.S. and U.K. business leaders.

In one of her early trips abroad, to the G-20 meeting in 2017, Ivanka Trump assumed her father’s seat when he left the negotiating table with fellow leaders — a switch captured on camera by a Russian official.

In April, she said that her father had asked if she was interested in taking the job of World Bank chief but she passed on it. She said her father raised the job with her as "a question" and she told him she was "happy with the work" she's doing. Instead, she said she oversaw the process of selecting the final candidate together with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, bringing the president the multiple candidates to approve.

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Senior White House Advisor Ivanka Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders depart a business roundtable event at St. James's Palace, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Photo by: zz/KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 6/4/19 USA President Donald Trump arrives and greets British Prime Minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street in London on June 4th 2019 during the second day of his state visit to the United Kingdom. The President is holding talks and a joint press conference with The Prime Minister in one of her last official engagements before her formal resignation. (London, England, UK) Here: Ivanka Trump
Photo by: KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 6/4/19 President Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Teresa May at Downing Street in London, England.
Photo by: KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 6/4/19 President Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Teresa May at Downing Street in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ivanka Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ivanka Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ivanka Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
National Security Advisor of The US John Bolton and Ivanka Trump leave 10 Downing Street, London, on the second day of US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ivanka Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ivanka Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: John Bolton, US National Security Advisor, and Ivanka Trump leave 10 Downing Street for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the second day of President Trump's State Visit on June 4, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit began with lunch with the Queen, followed by a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, whilst today he will attend business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: John Bolton, US National Security Advisor, and Ivanka Trump leave 10 Downing Street for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the second day of President Trump's State Visit on June 4, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit began with lunch with the Queen, followed by a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, whilst today he will attend business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump leaves 10 Downing Street as she makes her way to the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US President's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ivanka Trump leaves 10 Downing street after US President Donald Trump's meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of the U.S. President and First Lady's three-day State visit on June 4, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit began with lunch with the Queen, followed by a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, whilst today he will attend business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Advisor to the president, Ivanka Trump (C), flanked by US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson (L) and ife Suzanne Ircha (2R) arrive at 10 Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (R) and US Ambassador Woody Johnson (L) arrive at 10 Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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Asked if her father had approached her about other top jobs, Ivanka Trump said she'd "keep that between" them.

At the end of this trip to Asia, Trump brought her on stage to speak after he addressed members of the U.S military at an American air base in Osan, just south of Seoul, South Korea, before ending his Asia trip and returning to Washington.

Flanked by her father and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, she thanked the troops for their service, and posted the image to her Instagram stories. Following that, she continued in her role as cheerleader-in-chief, posting an image of the presidential seal with a caption highlighting the president's entrance into North Korean territory Sunday.

"Our President is relentlessly pursuing his commitment to make the world a safer place," she wrote. "Diplomacy is forged through dialogue. Change requires bold thinking."

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