President Trump Defends Ivanka, But Not Donald Jr.

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Two of the Trump children were heavily scrutinized this weekend, but the president has only stepped in to defend one.
Ivanka Trump, an unpaid White House adviser, sat in for her dad at the economic G20 Summit in Germany on Saturday when he left for a private meeting. She filled the chair between Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister Theresa May at least twice, but didn't speak, Bloomberg reports. Nevertheless, her involvement raised questions about why the first daughter — who wasn't elected to office herself — was representing the president at a summit for world leaders.
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Donald Trump Jr., on the other hand, made headlines on Saturday when The New York Times reported that he met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election after said lawyer alleged to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, Donald Jr. confirmed the meeting and said the lawyer claimed to have information on his father's opponent. (He initially said he met the lawyer to discuss the adoption policies involving Russian children.)
President Trump hasn't uttered a word in defense of his eldest son's meeting, while he took to Twitter to staunchly stand by Ivanka.
Monday morning, the president tweeted that he asked his daughter to hold his seat when he left the conference for short meetings with Japan and other countries. "Very standard," he wrote. "Angela M agrees!"
German Chancellor Angela Merkel did, in fact, say Ivanka's actions were normal. Merkel told the Associated Press: "Ivanka Trump belonged to the American delegation so that is in line with what other delegations do."
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However, most delegations don't include the leader's children, especially children who claim they aren't involved in politics.
Right after his initial post, President Trump tweeted again, bringing up his 2016 opponent yet again. "If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother, as her mother gave our country away, the fake news would say Chelsea for pres!" (Chelsea responded by saying that asking her to hold a seat wouldn't have occurred to either of her parents.)
However, only White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Donald Jr., telling CNN on Monday that there was "no information provided that was meaningful" at the meeting in question.
The first son also sent off a tweet in his own defense, but there's still been no word from the president on Donald Jr.'s visit with a Russian lawyer.
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The news surrounding Donald Jr. is a more complicated legal issue than Ivanka participating in the G20 summit, as the FBI and Congress are investigating whether members of the Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. And the president could fire off a tweet defending his son at any time.
But so far, just silence on that front.
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