To back up his assertion that he'd done nothing wrong asking Ivanka to be privy to the conversations of world leaders while he purportedly met one-on-one with the Indonesian president, he pulled German Chancellor Angela Merkel into the conversation. The political commentator Ana Navarro tweeted in response: "Telling that pic of Ivanka at G-20 table was posted by Russian staff. Russians knew would: 1.be deemed controversial; 2. get us going in USA".
However, the Washington Post reports that government ministers typically stand in the heads of state, making the optics of the president's daughter's presence quite peculiar.
The move raised eyebrows worldwide and drew a sharp rebuke from Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Bill and Hillary, who was drawn into the fray by Mr Trump.
Ivanka Trump's role at the G-20 caused a social media frenzy after a photo surfaced showing her sitting beside British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
She was spotted sitting in a chair meant for the U.S. president while Trump stepped away for a meeting with the Indonesian leader during the G20 meeting. During their trip to Saudi Arabia in May, Ivanka Trump spoke at a roundtable about women's rights and empowerment. Her husband and the USA president's son-in-law Jared Kushner was appointed a senior presidential adviser in January.
"This is going to be what we hope will be a multibillion dollar fund to support women entrepreneurs", World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said. She's meeting with world leaders - while the business she still owns expands its opportunities in those leaders' countries.
"I wasn't elected by the American people to be president", she told "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King.
After a brief modelling career as a teenager, Ms Trump was given a job in her father's company. "I think she sees herself as part of a public servant family, and she doesn't want to waste this time by not putting forward some effort to try and help the world".
At the summit, the Trump praised his daughter, saying being the president's daughter puts her in a hard position.
"I'm very proud of my daughter Ivanka".
"She's always been great", he said.
"She's a champion. If she weren't my daughter it would be so much easier for her", he continued.