Trump defends decision to have Ivanka sit in for him at G-20

Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ivanka Trump
FILE - In this May 17, 2017, file photo, Ivanka Trump hosts a meeting on human trafficking with congressional leaders in the White House in Washington. Trump is facing online criticism after the Twitter account for her lifestyle brand tweeted on May 28, 2017, about making champagne popsicles for Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending a decision to have his daughter briefly sit in for him at a table with world leaders at an international summit.

A Russian delegate tweeted a photo of Ivanka Trump in her father’s seat at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, sparking criticism from those who felt the move was inappropriate.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel brushed it off, saying it was perfectly normal.

Trump tweeted Monday, “When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!”

Trump also tweeted, “If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother,as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!”