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Americans Can’t Figure Out What Ivanka Trump Is Doing In India

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<div><p>President <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/donald-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Donald Trump</a> occasionally likes to take his clan on his world travels — like that time he brought all of his children (except Barron) and their spouses to <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/donald-trump-state-visit-round-up_uk_5cf77257e4b0747b8c5e7d35">visit the Queen</a>. Now Americans, who are footing the bills, are wondering on Twitter what in the world <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/ivanka-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ivanka Trump</a> is doing on a two-day trip to <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/india" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">India</a> — besides <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-visits-india_n_5e53b20fc5b6b82aa655e80f" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tagging along with dad</a> and posing for photos.</p><p>It was Donald Trump’s first state visit to India, where he told about 100,000 people at a rally Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about a $3 billion arms deal with the nation and a developing trade agreement.</p><p>The president’s daughter, appointed by her father to be a White House senior adviser despite having no political experience, mostly champions women’s rights and child care — though she has insisted that separated immigrant families and their locked-up children are “<a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ivanka-trump-family-separations-twitter_n_5e097d9fe4b0843d3608a1e4" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">not part of my portfolio</a>.”</p><p>On Monday she posed in front of the Taj Mahal after traveling to India with her dad and first lady Melania Trump — and husband <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/jared-kushner" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Jared Kushner</a>, also appointed a White House senior adviser by his father-in-law.</p><p>The first daughter was criticised just last week by Walter Shaub, the former head of the US <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/office-of-government-ethics" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Office of Government Ethics</a>, for what he characterised as a <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ivanka-trump-walter-shaub-dubai-trump-organizatio-golf-course_n_5e4b6498c5b6b0f6bfee3f84" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">taxpayer-funded “corporate” junket</a> to <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/impact/topic/dubai" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dubai</a> on what happened to be the third anniversary of the Trump International Golf Club Dubai.</p><p>India is home to the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-is-home-to-the-most-trump-ventures-outside-north-america-heres-what-you-need-to-know/2020/02/21/85473084-5358-11ea-80ce-37a8d4266c09_story.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">most Trump-branded real estate ventures outside of North America</a> — including four luxury high-rises and an office tower, notes The Washington Post. Unlike other presidents, Trump — and his family — did not divest from his businesses when he moved into the White House.</p><p>One of Trump’s business partners in India is facing a financial crunch, while <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-is-home-to-the-most-trump-ventures-outside-north-america-heres-what-you-need-to-know/2020/02/21/85473084-5358-11ea-80ce-37a8d4266c09_story.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">another has been accused of massive fraud</a>. Both are closely linked to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, headed by Modi. A first family visit could boost their bottom line.</p><p>But what US national interests are being served by Ivanka Trump’s visit confused many. After the first daughter declared the Taj Mahal “awe inspiring” in a tweet — and Instagram with Jared — scads of people responded: “What are you <em>doing</em> there?”</p><p>Alyssa Mastromonaco, former White House deputy chief of staff for operations in the Obama administration, cracked:  “Why am I paying for their 2nd honeymoon omfg.”</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The grandeur and beauty of the Taj Mahal is awe inspiring! 🇺🇸 🇮🇳 <a href="https://t.co/jcYwXHxf4c" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/jcYwXHxf4c</a></p>— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/IvankaTrump/status/1231934821581983745?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">why am I paying for their 2nd honeymoon omfg <a href="https://t.co/ni2XOTl9i7" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/ni2XOTl9i7</a></p>— alyssa mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlyssaMastro44/status/1232035386597052417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WHY ARE YOU THERE???????</p>— LuLu boom boom Roche (@LuLuRoche) <a href="https://twitter.com/LuLuRoche/status/1231969630798913537?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why are taxpayers paying for your vacation?</p>— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) <a href="https://twitter.com/HelenKennedy/status/1232072731212075008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So glad our tax dollars could fund your sightseeing trip. Millions of Americans will never be able to afford a trip like that, but so happy you’re enjoying yourself at our expense.</p>— Denise Haynes🗽🇺🇸🐘🦒🐋🌊 (@nee_haynes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nee_haynes/status/1231973886889254914?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/xMlKoXJuD7" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/xMlKoXJuD7</a></p>— Country Over Party (@Former_Marine_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Former_Marine_/status/1231964421997481986?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oh look, another free trip for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NepotismBarbie?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#NepotismBarbie</a>! So glad that we the taxpayers are helping you see the world and make business deals to fatten your pocketbook!</p>— Donna Pawlowski 🌊🌊🌊 (@Donnalee711) <a href="https://twitter.com/Donnalee711/status/1231953748928421889?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why are American <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/taxpayers?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#taxpayers</a> paying for Ivanka to be in India?<br><br>It's incredible to see how the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Trump?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#Trump</a> family continues to leverage presidency for personal profit</p>— Pankaj Ramani (@pmramani) <a href="https://twitter.com/pmramani/status/1231942650112114688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 24, 2020</a></blockquote></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

President Donald Trump occasionally likes to take his clan on his world travels — like that time he brought all of his children (except Barron) and their spouses to visit the Queen. Now Americans, who are footing the bills, are wondering on Twitter what in the world Ivanka Trump is doing on a two-day trip to India — besides tagging along with dad and posing for photos.

It was Donald Trump’s first state visit to India, where he told about 100,000 people at a rally Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about a $3 billion arms deal with the nation and a developing trade agreement.

The president’s daughter, appointed by her father to be a White House senior adviser despite having no political experience, mostly champions women’s rights and child care — though she has insisted that separated immigrant families and their locked-up children are “not part of my portfolio.”

On Monday she posed in front of the Taj Mahal after traveling to India with her dad and first lady Melania Trump — and husband Jared Kushner, also appointed a White House senior adviser by his father-in-law.

The first daughter was criticised just last week by Walter Shaub, the former head of the US Office of Government Ethics, for what he characterised as a taxpayer-funded “corporate” junket to Dubai on what happened to be the third anniversary of the Trump International Golf Club Dubai.

India is home to the most Trump-branded real estate ventures outside of North America — including four luxury high-rises and an office tower, notes The Washington Post. Unlike other presidents, Trump — and his family — did not divest from his businesses when he moved into the White House.

One of Trump’s business partners in India is facing a financial crunch, while another has been accused of massive fraud. Both are closely linked to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, headed by Modi. A first family visit could boost their bottom line.

But what US national interests are being served by Ivanka Trump’s visit confused many. After the first daughter declared the Taj Mahal “awe inspiring” in a tweet — and Instagram with Jared — scads of people responded: “What are you doing there?”

Alyssa Mastromonaco, former White House deputy chief of staff for operations in the Obama administration, cracked:  “Why am I paying for their 2nd honeymoon omfg.”

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/americans-cant-figure-out-what-ivanka-trump-is-doing-in-india_au_5e55807dc5b6a718cdcef02a

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