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Ivanka Trump just threw the media into massive temper tantrums: Big no-no, or no biggie?

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In his first visit with a foreign leader since becoming president-elect, Donald Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday at Trump Tower in New York City. Other than reports of a smooth visit, nothing appeared particularly noteworthy to the mainstream media, who were banned from actually attending the meeting because of Trump’s post-election media blackout, until a picture was released Friday showing Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, sitting across from her father and Abe.

Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, also attended the 90-minute meeting.

After the meeting, the Japanese PM was gracious, telling reporters, “I am very honored to see the President-elect ahead of other world leaders. The Japan-U.S. alliance is the axis of Japan’s diplomacy and security. The alliance become alive only when there is trust between us. I would like to build such a trust with Mr Trump.”

However, once the media noticed the fact that Trump’s family, who are officially a part of the transition team mind you, were also in attendance, righteous indignation ensued.

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto, professor of International Relations at the University of Niigata Prefecture, told Agence France-Presse, “It’s quite unusual to see a family member attending the first encounter between two leaders even if it’s informal. It indicates that she would be playing some important role in the Trump administration. But it’s no surprise to see her there as she has already been involved in politics. Anyway, that’s the Trump way.”

US commentators and media types were far more unforgiving.



Is there truly cause for concern or is this just another display of blatant hypocrisy? After all, how much have these same journalists reported on very real issues with Chelsea Clinton?

Calm down, folks. This doesn’t appear like it’ll be a regular thing.

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Scott Morefield


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