Trump defends daughter Ivanka's seat at G-20 table

US President Donald Trump defended his daughter, White House adviser Ivanka Trump, on Monday after she raised some eyebrows over the weekend by taking his place at a table with world leaders at a G-20 meeting.

She briefly sat in her father's chair at the global gathering in Hamburg during a closed-door session on African development as the World Bank president spoke. Her appearance prompted a string of reactions on Twitter and caught the attention of the German media and other outlets.

Early on Monday, Trump called the arrangement "very standard" in a tweet where he also noted that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was hosting the G-20 summit, agreed.

Chelsea Clinton responded to Trump's tweets, saying, "It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me."

Merkel had dismissed the move at a news conference after the G-20 ended. "Ivanka belongs to the US delegation," Merkel, who has worked with her on various issues, said last week.

Photos: Leaders arrive at G20 summit

  • Employees fix flag holders at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and US President Donald Trump pose prior to a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 6, 2017.
  • US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • China's President Xi Jinping (left) and his wife Peng Liyuan disembark their plane after arriving at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017, to attend the G20 meeting.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie arrive for the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • Great Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to Hamburg's Mayor Olaf Scholz after arriving at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • South Africa's President Jacob Zuma arrives for the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker waves as he arrives for the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 6, 2017.
  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine arrive for the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • Saudi Arabia´s State Minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf arrives at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right) and his wife Sophie Gregoire and his son Hadrian arrive at the airport in Hamburg,
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, poses for a photograph with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prior to a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Thursday on July 6, 2017.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shake hands prior to a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 6, 2017.
  • Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner arrive for the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana arrive at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • Argentinia's President Mauricio Macri waves as he arrives at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017 to attend the G20 meeting.
  • Senegal's president Macky Sall steps out of his plane as he arrives at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017 to attend the G20 meeting.
  • US President Donald Trump meets South Korea's President Moon Jae-In and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • A banner hangs from a bridge which reads "President Macri, Dont sell our Argentina" as riot police escort the "Welcome to Hell" rally against the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017.
  • Activists from OXFAM wear masks depicting some of the world leaders during a demonstration at the harbor in Hamburg during the G20 summit, Germany on July 6, 2017.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, also defended Ivanka, saying on Sunday that the president's daughter had often sat in on meetings with her and Trump, especially those regarding women and business.

Ivanka Trump ran a clothing and jewelry business before taking a formal job at the White House after her father took office in January. She has made women's issues one of her signature policy areas.

At the G-20, she also took the spotlight at a separate event alongside World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and other world leaders to launch a public-private loan programme aimed at boosting female entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Lawrence Summers, a former World Bank official and economic adviser under former Democratic president Barack Obama, said it was rare for government heads to leave during major summits and that, when they must, foreign ministers or other very senior government officials normally fill in.

"There is no precedent for a head of government's adult child taking a seat," he wrote in the Washington Post on Sunday. "There is no precedent for good reason. It was insulting to the others present and sent a signal of disempowerment regarding senior government officials."