US President-elect Donald Trump met Abe on Thursday at the Trump Towers in Manhattan in a first sit-down talk with a foreign dignitary after he won the US Presidential elections. No reporters were allowed to cover the event.
However, pictures soon emerged on social media showing Trump in a meeting with Abe alongwith Ivanka. It is, however, unclear whether Ivanka was present throughout the meeting or not.
Soon after photos of the meeting began circulating on social media, several people expressed their shock and outrage at Ivanka's presence during the meeting. Several pointed out that she didn't have security clearance to sit in through the meeting.
Ivanka Trump sat in on her father's meeting today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, per handout photo pic.twitter.com/tEbfYYeJFA— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) November 18, 2016
Ivanka Trump has no business being in the room when Trump met with Prime Minister Abe. She's family, not foreign advisor. https://t.co/dxz60cU9xh— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 18, 2016
Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner too was seen greeting Abe after the meeting. Both Ivanka and her husband are a part of Trump's transition team.
Trump's daughter has been playing a very active role, ever since he began campaigning for the presidential elections. Ivanka was seen speaking at the Republican Convention before the elections and was also seen giving interviews on various news channels.