Will Ivanka Trump Meet Kim Jong Un? She's Accompanied Her Dad On High-Profile Trips
On Monday, President Donald Trump announced his meeting with Kim Jong Un will be June 12 in Singapore. But will Ivanka Trump, who has taken on many small diplomacy-adjacent roles in her father's administration, be meeting the North Korean leader as well?
“The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” President Trump tweeted.
Ivanka Trump - as well as First Lady Melania Trump - have been frequent companions to the president as he travels the world for summits and meetings. The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is shaping up to be the most important international meeting of his presidency. It makes sense that the president would want advisers he trusts on the trip.
Ivanka Trump has traveled abroad multiple times since joining her father's administration, as well as taking meetings at the White House with foreign visitors.
With regards to the Korea Peninsula, Trump traveled to South Korea to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony. She led the presidential delegation and shared a VIP box with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the conclusion of the games in PyeongChang.
As far as more traditional diplomacy roles, she accompanied President Trump to New York to the United Nations General Assembly meeting in September 2017. While there, she spoke out against human trafficking, which probably won't be relevant to the upcoming summit in Singapore.
Much of her work involving other countries has focused on women-led entrepreneurship, such as the meeting with India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in September 2017. Ivanka Trump also led a delegation to India also focusing on female entrepreneurship.
In July 2017, the 36-year-old made headlines when she briefly took her father's seat at the G20 session in Hamburg, Germany. The table sat many important players on the world stage, including Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Angela Merkel of Germany, and Theresa May of the United Kingdom, according to The Guardian. Her choice of outfit and lack of experience were a part of those headlines.
Trump was also trusted by her father to represent his administration at the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. President Donald Trump tweeted "congratulations" for the embassy's opening ceremony as well as links to the live coverage.
Ivanka Trump said she was "honored" to be a part of the presidential delegation to Israel for the opening. "With great joy, I am returning to Jerusalem," she wrote in an Instagram post ahead of her trip. "I am honored to join the distinguished delegation representing President Trump, his Administration, and the American people at this momentous ceremony commemorating the opening of our new US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. We look forward to celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary and the bright future ahead. We will pray for the boundless potential of the future of the U.S.-Israel alliance, and we will pray for peace."
A smiling Ivanka, who converted to Judaism when she married her husband, Jared Kushner, unveiled the new embassy alongside Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Kushner was also on hand at the opening, even taking a selfie with Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu.
"On behalf the 45th President of the United States of America, we welcome you officially and for the first time to embassy of the United States here in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Thank you," Ivanka Trump said at the ceremony.