Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter, made her first oversees trip as a White House adviser earlier this week. As for how the trip went, it depends on who you ask.
U.S. media outlets widely reported that the crowd Ivanka Trump spoke to at the Women’s 20 Summit in Berlin, Germany, “booed” and “hissed” at her when she defended her father for his stance on issues such as paid leave.
“That is something I’m very proud of … long before he came into the presidency, he championed this in the primaries. He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” Ivanka Trump said, according to CNN.
But CNN also reported Trump’s response was met with an extremely negative reaction from the audience: “German crowd hisses, boos at Ivanka when she defends her dad,” CNN’s headline, published Tuesday, blared.
CNN wasn’t the only U.S. media outlet to publish a story like this one. Time ran a story the same day titled, “Ivanka Trump Got Booed in Germany After Saying Her Father Supports Women.”
The New York Times weighed in as well: “Ivanka Trump Got Jeered in Germany, and Late Night Joins In,” the newspaper declared.
There’s just one problem with the U.S. media’s collective assessment of Ivanka Trump’s Berlin visit. It wasn’t true — at least according to the German newspaper Bild, which reported that “there was no booing of Ivanka.” From the paper:
Many people were surprised by Ivanka Trump’s performance in Berlin. Contrary to the stereotype, the daughter of the US President made a sophisticated and level-headed impression at the panel discussion with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, and head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde. The glamorous White House ambassador also cleverly handled a controversial issue.
US media, however, are focusing on something else: they claim that Ivanka was booed and sneered at.
Bild reported that a moderator of the Women’s 20 Summit asked Ivanka whether she would be be speaking as the first lady of the United States or as an adviser to the president.
“This role is quite new to me, it has been little under 100 days,” Ivanka Trump replied, adding that she would discuss what she learned during her visit in Germany with her father back in the U.S. That response prompted what Bild called some “unrest” among some in the audience.
But the German newspaper was quick to point out that “unrest” did not equal “booing” or “jeering.”
“This makes it even more surprising that US media are painting an entirely different picture of Ivanka’s appearance in Berlin. The murmuring that could be heard as Ivanka defended her father against criticism was interpreted as massive booing of the President’s daughter,” Bild reported, adding that Ivanka Trump had “proven that she can also confidently handle delicate questions.”
(H/T: Daily Caller)