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World's Leading Women Look At Ivanka With Incredulous Silence! A Few Booed!

First daughter Ivanka Trump found herself in the hot seat, trying to explain to a group of the world's leading women that her father Donald Trump is doing good work for women. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Managing Director Christine Lagarde gave her a polite stare -- although Lagarde's facial expression -- and her 'my head hurts' gesture pictured above -- is one for the history books.  

Fresh from Monday's Financial Times joint op-ed with World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, focused on empowering women in developing nations, Ivanka Trump faced an enlightened women reality check at the 3-day W20 Summit in Berlin. Hosted by Angela Merkel, Ivanka was invited after the White House West Wing placed her -- then with no official role in the administration, other than Presidential daughter -- next to the global powerhouse Merkel in a round-table discussion. Rather than sulk over the insult, Merkel extended a hand to Ivanka Trump. You want to play female empowerment? Come to Berlin. 

Moments after taking her place beside Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF Lagarde on a panel at the W20 summit, Trump found herself discussing her own motives for being there.

“You’re the First Daughter of the United States, and you’re also an assistant to the president,” the panel’s moderator, Wirtschaftswoche editor-in-chief Miriam Meckel, began. “The German audience is not that familiar with the concept of a First Daughter. I’d like to ask you, what is your role, and who are you representing, your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?”

“Certainly not the latter,” Trump replied. “I’m rather unfamiliar with this role as well … It has been a little under 100 days and it has just been a remarkable and incredible journey.”

Trump could not say precisely what her new job as a senior White House official entailed. She defined her goals as “empowering women in the workplace” and achieving “incremental positive change.” Speaking to an audience of largely women who have walked their talk in policy development in the face of fierce criticism around female empowerment, Ivanka found them not so totally interested in the Trump daughter's personal journey.  

“I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy,” she said of the president’s official (but, so far, entirely passive) support for paid family leave, before calling her father “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.”

Limited boos and hisses ensued.

We don't have the details yet of Melinda Gates' five-minute video addressing the group at 11:15 am Berlin time.  AOC assumes that Melinda Gates spoke about the need for contraception in developing countries, given that she is adamantly campaigning against the Trump administration's total decimating of international women's health programs. The Trump administration is eliminating about $600 million worth of US federal funding for women's health clinics if they even mention the word abortion in countries where it is legal. Note, these clinics do not perform abortions; nor do they advocate for abortions. If a woman asks where she can obtain an abortion and they hand her a phone number, they are defunded under Trump's expanded Mexico City policy -- or global gag rule -- rules.

These clinics DO provide contraception services. Most in the Republican party in Congress -- not Republicans generally -- want contraception eliminated for all women, and certainly women in poor countries. As Melinda Gates says every day of her life, there is no more effective way to advance women in developing nations than to provide birth control.

For Ivanka Trump to speak of her father's empowerment of women in the shadow of this assault on women's health globally is more talk garbage than most dedicated feminists can stomach. 

Melinda Gates was just named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People. We assume that her five-minute Berlin video in advance of Ivanka Trump's panel appearance was similar to this one, just produced for TIME. 

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The appearance was arguably her biggest public failure yet in her new role in the White House. She failed to propose concrete policies for implementing change as assistant to the president. She failed to clearly articulate how women’s economic empowerment can be achieved on a global level. She failed to stray from the script when standing up for her father—and the audience at the G20 summit rightly called bullshit on her rote defense. 

She launched into a discussion about the United States’ lack of paid family leave by championing the Trump administration's proposed paid leave policy and affirming her allegiance to her father (“I’m proud of [his] advocacy”), before reciting objectively false statements about him being “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive” during his campaign.

Macron, Le Pen Advance In French Presidential Runoff

Supporters of Emmanuel Macron celebrate in Paris. 

Supporters of Emmanuel Macron celebrate in Paris. 

Marine Le Pen, far-right leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, celebrates with supporters after exit poll results of the first round of the election were announced at her HQ in Henin-Beaumont on April 23. | AP Photo

Marine Le Pen, far-right leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, celebrates with supporters after exit poll results of the first round of the election were announced at her HQ in Henin-Beaumont on April 23. | AP Photo

For the first time ever in the history of France's Fifth Republic, neither the Republican Party nor the Socialist Party will have a candidate in the second round. The Fifth RepublicFrance's current republican system of government, was established by Charles de Gaulle under the Constitution of the Fifth Republic on 4 October 1958.

Emmanuel Macron, he centrist candidate who formed his own party, En Marche! (which translates roughly to “Onward!”), is set to win the first round of the election with 23.8 percent of the vote, according to projections on Sunday night. It’s a remarkable accomplishment for the former economy minister who ran without support from any of the main four parties in Parliament.

Former US President Obama phoned Macron on Thursday night, although officials deny that the phone call was an endorsement. Obama continues to be loved in France, so the call was a good thing. Trump, on the other hand, is generally loathed. 

Le Pen, the head of the National Front party, will likely win 22 percent of the vote ― nearly 4 points more than she took home in the previous election. While it appears she didn’t come in first, her spot in the runoff marks a historic moment for the far-right, nationalist party.  

A Le Pen win on May 7, when she and Macron face off together, would probably finish off the European Union, potentially NATO and most-definitely open borders in Europe. The polls that predicted a Macron win on Sunday were accurate and those same polls predict a Macron win on May 7. Let us pray! ~ Anne

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