Ivanka Trump was asked about her role in her father's administration during the April 25 W20 summit in Berlin and the audience booed and hissed at her while she responded.
"You’re the first daughter of the United States, and you’re also an assistant to the president," said the moderator, WirtschaftsWoche editor-in-chief Miriam Meckel, according to Politico. "The German audience is not that familiar with the concept of a first daughter. I’d like to ask you, what is your role, and who are you representing, your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?"
"Certainly not the latter," Trump responded. "I’m rather unfamiliar with this role as well. ... It has been a little under 100 days, and it has just been a remarkable and incredible journey."
She added: "I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy," and said President Donald Trump is "a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive."
That response drew jeers from the crowd.
"You hear the reaction from the audience," Meckel said. "I need to address one more point - some attitudes toward women your father has displayed might leave one questioning whether he’s such an empowerer for women."
"I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media, that’s been perpetuated," Trump replied, which was reportedly answered with laughter from the audience.
She continued: "As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level. I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and tenacity. That’s not an easy thing to do; he provided that for us."
Trump also said her father treated her the same way as her two brothers.
"There was no difference," she said.
"Politics is politics, as I’m learning," Trump said when asked about the audience reaction to her answer about her father's attitudes toward women. "My father is a champion for all Americans -- women, of course... I think the fact that he’s embraced my interest in taking on this role shows that he aligns with the interests I most deeply care about and advocate for. Otherwise it wouldn’t make for a very good family dynamic."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the event, which drew criticism from some German politicians.
"Am I the only one who thinks it is utterly absurd that the chancellor is now doing foreign policy with the daughter of Donald Trump?" tweeted German Social Democrat politician Lars Klingbeil, according to the Guardian.