Ocasio-Cortez: Ivanka Trump is not a 'qualified diplomat'

Colin Campbell
Managing Editor

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., sharply criticized the White House on Saturday night after a video emerged of an awkward Ivanka Trump moment at the G-20 summit.

"It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification," Ocasio-Cortez wrote, saying the situation hurt the U.S. diplomatic standing in the world.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a hearing on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

"The US needs our President working the G20," she added. "Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either."

Ocasio-Cortez was reacting to the viral video, posted by BBC journalist Parham Ghobadi, which he described as Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to President Trump, trying to “get involved” in a conversation with several world leaders: French President Emmanuel Macron, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde.

The encounter drew widespread mockery online.

President Trump also attended the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, before heading to South Korea. He then met and held a photo op with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone.

Ocasio-Cortez, a rising star and freshman lawmaker, has generated endless headlines with tweets calling out both her critics and the Trump administration.

She has previously called out the first daughter and real estate heiress for criticizing the idea of a guaranteed job.

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