America is now officially a Third World dictatorship.
Here is Ivanka Trump sitting next to Xi Jinping, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, and, best of all, Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the G20 summit in Hamburg on Saturday:
The Twitter user who posted it – Svetlana Lukash, a G20 Russian sherpa – has now deleted the tweet.
Trump officials rushed in to explain.
Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the President had to step out, and the president of the World Bank started talking as the topic involved areas such as African development — areas that will benefit from the facility just announced by the World Bank. When other leaders stepped out, their seats were also briefly filled by others.
So that’s one interpretation.
Another is that this is just batshit crazy nepotism, blatant flouting of international norms, and another sign that Trump sees the US more like a family-owned business and less like a country.
Here’s former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul to explain things in the simplest possible terms:
This is strange. Very strange https://t.co/2vmuMTMzcB
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) July 8, 2017
Hilariously, Trump said the following about his daughter just an hour before that photo was taken:
President Trump praises daughter Ivanka at G-20 Summit: "If she weren't my daughter, it would be so much easier for her" pic.twitter.com/Q8F9C0MNUF
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 8, 2017
Next up: Eric will be negotiating at all future bilateral meetings…