Ivanka Trump's appearance at the G20 summit just made the whole world cringe.

Attending important diplomatic events like the G20 summit requires a certain level of, well, importance.

It is reserved for leaders, heads of state and top-level ministers of the world’s biggest economies, those from other nations they choose to invite and the heads of various international organisations. Basically, to get there usually requires years of hard work, as well as foreign policy and political experience.

Or you could just have the last name Trump.

On Saturday, the French government released a video from the June 28-29 G20 event in Osaka, Japan, that showed US ‘First Daughter’ Ivanka Trump awkwardly conversing with a series of very important people: French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde.

The context of the leader’s conversation is not known, but in the video May can be heard saying: “As soon as you charge them with that economic aspect of it, a lot of people start listening who otherwise wouldn’t listen.”

Ivanka then joins in: “And the same with the defence side of it, in terms of the whole business that’s been, sort of, male-dominated so…”

IMF director Lagarde’s head jerks towards Ivanka, with pursed lips and an expression on her face that can clearly be read as irritation. Maybe with a hint of confusion. It’s certainly not welcoming.


It was a cringeworthy moment that sparked memes, a trending hashtag in #UnwelcomeIvanka and given political opponents a solid platform to point out that seriously, Ivanka doesn’t belong there.

She has no qualifications or foreign policy experience. She just happens to be the favourite child of her father, US President Donald Trump.

Until recently, Ivanka has mostly kept herself behind closed doors meaning most of her faux pas have happened online rather than with very qualified people IRL. But that doesn’t make them any less awkward.

Here’s a look back at them:

“The best part of an otherwise incredible day!”

In September 2017, Ivanka tweeted a photo of her holding her newborn nephew. The caption read: “On Sept. 19, Ivanka posted a photo on Twitter of her nephew Luke. The caption read, “Cuddling my little nephew Luke… the best part of an otherwise incredible day!”

That’s… not what the word otherwise means.

A month later, political writer Eve Peyser compiled a list of Ivanka’s misused words into one (long) Twitter thread.

Words include: relative, albeit, complicit, juxtaposition, overlay and the phrase ‘happy birthday’.


Her creative use of the English language was the subject of a Stephen Colbert monologue.

“I’m a little bit complicit with Ivanka here, if complicit is heretofore defined as I support her, which it timelessly doesn’t,” he said. “Ivanka rises at the apex of sunshine and does a lot of good on a relative basis. In fact, the entire Trump family is a big part of an otherwise great country. In conclusion, I might add, summarizing lastly, happy birthday.”

Thank you for the negative headline, America!

When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, Ivanka celebrated by posting an image of the New York Times front page on Instagram.


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“Democrats, students and foreign allies face the reality of a Trump presidency,” the headline read.

Ivanka didn’t seem to notice (or maybe she just didn’t care) that was a negative headline. Oops.

That ill-timed glamorous photo.

On January 28, 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the United States.

That night, Ivanka posted a photo of herself and Jared at a black-tie dinner which didn’t go down well.


After days of backlash, ‘sources close to the couple’ told Vanity Fair Ivanka “felt terrible” about the post but she never spoke of this publicly.

And that ill-timed photo with her son.

Oh, Ivanka. You really need to get better at timing your posts so they don’t coincide with terribly divisive decisions made by your father.

(Yes, we realise she’d have to get off social media all together if that was the case).

In May 2018 Ivanka copped criticism for uploading a happy photo with her two-year-old son as international headlines condemned her father’s immigration policies, with Americans furiously tweeted #WhereAreTheChildren after an official from the Department of Health and Human Services revealed the US government lost track of 1475 unaccompanied minors last year.


When she thought a famous Jewish saying was a quote from Emma Watson.

In September 2016, Ivanka shared a quote credited to Emma Watson’s 2014 HeForShe speech to the UN.

But uh, it was actually a shortened version of a saying by first-century Jewish leader Hillel the Elder, one of the most important figures in Jewish history.


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“Didn’t realise Emma became a rabbi,” a user commented.

Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism in 2009 and took the Jewish name “Yael” before marrying her husband Jared Kushner.

She had a little help getting her security clearance.

In April, CNN reported three sources had told them President Donald Trump pressured White House staff to grant Ivanka and Jared security clearances even though it went against their recommendations.

The president has the legal authority to grant clearances, but it is usually left up to the White House personnel security office, which determines whether a staffer should be granted one after the FBI has conducted a background check.

The personnel office raised concerns about Ivanka and Jared, which prompted Trump to push staffers to make the decision on his daughter and son-in-law’s clearances so it did not appear as if he was tainting the process to favour his family, sources told CNN.

Both staffers refused, so Trump granted them their security clearances.