US first daughter Ivanka Trump has been accused of posting a “wildly offensive” photo of herself and husband Jared Kushner dressed up ahead of a function.
The poorly-timed Twitter and Instagram post has been criticised as insensitive to the plight of those refugees and immigrants from countries including Syria and Yemen who are temporarily banned from entering the US thanks to an order by her father, President Donald Trump, on Friday.
Critics have labelled Ivanka, pictured in a silver gown with her husband, and her post as “clueless”, “inappropriate” and “tone deaf”.
As the couple attended the Alfalfa Club dinner on Saturday night, dozens of visa holders were detained at airports across the country as authorities grappled to impose the president’s 90-day ban of citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Some social media users compared Ivanka’s dress to survival blankets given to refugees.
Others compared the post to a statement famously attributed to Marie Antoinette, who was reportedly said to have uttered ‘Let them eat cake’ around 1789 when told the French public had no bread.
One Instagram user repeated the story of a five-year-old boy detained at an airport for hours before he could rejoin his family.
“And all you care about is being glam and all set for a dinner?? SHAME ON YOU!!! This is disgusting and outrageous!,” they wrote.
“Get out of you million pounds mansion, drive to the airport and ask yourself if you would like to see your glamours kids live what the common population is living right now! #lethemeatcake.”
Ivanka has not responded to the criticism.