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Ivanka Trump was put on the spot about her White House role as Donald Trump’s first daughter and her father’s controversial attitude to women at an international women’s conference in Berlin on Tuesday.

Appearing at the G20 Women’s Summit, she was asked to explain to a largely German audience unfamiliar with her position, whether she represented her father, the American people or her business.

Ms Trump said the answer was “certainly not” her business. She added:

I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well. It’s quite new to me….It’s just been a remarkable and unpredictable journey.

The moderator, German journalist Miriam Meckel, also asked Ms Trump about the controversies concerning her father’s attitude to women. She replied by praising her father for employing “thousands of women” for decades in his private sector work, and said he was “a tremendous champion” of families.

Ms Trump was sitting on a panel alongside German chancellor Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

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