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White House aides 'call Ivanka Trump Princess Royal behind her back'

The Independent logo The Independent 8/30/2017 Alexandra Wilts

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White House aides reportedly have a nickname for Ivanka Trump: “Princess Royal”.

Since her father became president in January, Ms Trump has taken on an adviser role in the White House, participating in roundtable discussions and meeting with world leaders. She has limited experience working in politics.

According to Vanity Fair, West Wing advisers refer to Ms Trump as “princess royal” behind her back.

Earlier this summer, Ms Trump sparked outcry when she briefly took her father’s seat at the G20 summit when he had to step out of the room. While Mr Trump was away from the table, his daughter sat between President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain.

The incident sparked outrage on social media, with Trump critics again questioning the role Mr Trump’s family members should play in the administration.

© Provided by Independent Print Limited “This is strange,” tweeted Michael McFaul, the United States ambassador to Russia under former President Barack Obama. “Very strange.”

“Excuse me,” a former adviser to President Trump reportedly said at the time. “This is not a royal family, and she’s not the princess royal.”

Mr Trump defended his decision to have Ms Trump sit in for him, saying the arrangement was “very standard” and then German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed.

Ms Merkel said at a news conference that it was up to individual nations to decide who represented them, Bloomberg reported.

“The delegations themselves decide, should the president not be present for a meeting, who will then take over and sit in the chair,” Ms Merkel said.

“Ivanka Trump was part and parcel of the American delegation, so that is something that other delegations also do. It’s very well known that she works at the White House and is also engaged in certain initiatives.

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