After making a solid impression with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month, First Daughter and Assistant to the President, Ivanka Trump, was personally invited to join in on this Tuesday’s W20 Summit in Germany by the chancellor herself. One could say Ivanka’s visit will serve as damage control after her father started off his term on a bad foot with Germany, and with the schedule for her visit now public, it is easy to draw a few connections to that possibly misguided belief.
While the main event of the trip is for Ivanka to join key women leaders at the Women’s 20 Summit for a panel discussion on the topic of “Inspiring Women: Scaling up Women’s Entrepreneurship”, she will follow it with a visit to the Siemens Technik Akademie to see the German vocational training she speaks so highly of firsthand.
Before ending her night with a gala dinner in Berlin, Ivanka will take a more somber visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This planned stop has led to the press to speculate on whether this was added to soften the recent criticisms of her father’s administration and the anti-semitic claims, including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s recent Holocaust gaffe where he compared Adolf Hitler to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying: “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” Though in reality, Ivanka, who recently converted to Judaism after marring her husband Jared Kushner — also a member of President Trump’s close advisors — will be making the visit in honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which began on Sunday evening.
Ivanka may be a key advisor to President Trump, but she has made it clear in numerous interviews that she has some very different views from her father and holds firm to beliefs regardless of her connection.
Below is the official White House itinerary of Ivanka Trump’s Tuesday visit to Germany
11:20AM: Visit to the United States Embassy in Berlin
Press: Closed Press
Location: Pariser Platz 2
1:00PM: Participation in panel entitled “Inspiring Women: Scaling up Women’s Entrepreneurship”
Press: Open Press
Location: Intercontinental Hotel Budapester Str. 2
Queen Máxima (Netherlands)
Christine Lagarde (Managing Director, IMF)
Ivanka Trump (First Daughter of the United States)
Chrystia Freeland (Minister for Foreign Affairs, Canada)
Manuela Schwesig (Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany)
Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller (Chair Trumpf GmbH)
Juliana Rotich (BRCK)
Anne Finucane (Bank of America)
Moderator: Miriam Meckel, Editor-in-Chief of “Wirtschaftswoche”
3:30PM: Visit to Siemens Technik Akademie
Press: Pool – Coordinated by the Embassy, details forthcoming
Location: Nonnendammalle 104
4:40PM: Visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Press: Closed Press
Location: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1
8:00PM: Gala Dinner
Press: Spray at the Top
Location: Deutsche Bank Charlottenstraße 37-38