On a trip to Africa to promote women’s economic empowerment, Ivanka Trump said Wednesday the White House should be judged by its actions toward a continent that her father has privately disparaged.
In an Associated Press interview, the president’s daughter and senior adviser pointed to visits to Africa by herself, first lady Melania Trump and others, and said: “Our commitment to Africa is clear.” She added that she hopes President Donald Trump will visit. “I’ve been deeply, deeply inspired by my trip here. And I think he will be as well,” she said.
Ivanka Trump spoke on the last day of her four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, which has featured a mix of carefully choreographed diplomacy and visits to business ventures as she advances a White House program to give an economic boost to women in the developing world.
The trip was initially viewed with some skepticism, given the president’s persistent efforts to cut foreign aid and his disparaging comments about African countries. But there no public signs of tension as his daughter posed for photos with officials and announced development grants.
The president was criticized last year after his private comments referring to “shithole countries” in Africa and other regions were leaked to journalists.
“Our actions are speaking for themselves in terms of our dedication to seeing Africa prosper,” Ivanka Trump said. “I’m very excited about continuing my work to specifically focus on advocating and advancing the role of women on this continent and beyond