Why Did Ivanka Trump Sit In on Her Dad’s First Foreign Diplomacy Meeting?

It’s been less than two weeks since Donald Trump was elected into office, and already, his first foreign diplomacy meeting is turning heads.

Ivanka Trump sat in on her father’s meeting today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, per handout photo pic.twitter.com/tEbfYYeJFA

— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) November 18, 2016

A handout photo shows Trump meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Manhattan’s Trump Tower…along with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. CNN correspondent Ivan Watson deleted his tweet of the picture, but not before various reporters, political commentators, and other users quoted it pointing out the inappropriateness of Ivanka’s presence.

The reason why so many people are peeved? Allegedly, Ivanka will be running Trump’s businesses in a blind trust, which means that her presence in diplomatic meetings is mixing Trump’s presidency with his business. Just fantastic.

Let’s think about this for a second. What reason could there possibly be for Ivanka Trump sitting in on her father’s presidential diplomacy meetings? Is there even a reason other than the Trump family’s financial benefit?

“Conflict of interest” seems like it may be a theme of the next four years.

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