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Chelsea Clinton fires back at Ivanka Trump’s “seat-holding” at G20

There is nothing like a good bit of Twitter drama, especially when it’s between U.S. President Donald Trump and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Although Trump’s longest standing Twitter feud is with Rosie O’Donnell, he is always up for making more enemies, and this time he has decided to pick a fight with Chelsea.

The context is that while Trump was at the G20 summit over the weekend, he left the room and briefly let Ivanka hold his seat.

Trump immediately faced criticism for the move, as seats at the G20 are typically held by high-ranking state officials. And although Ivanka does technically work in the White House, she has said that she tries to “stay out of politics”. Wat?

She also doesn’t know the meaning of complicit and often uses architect as a verb, which may be beside the point. But it is nice to think that someone sitting at the G20 has a good command of their own native language, right?

Critics wary of pitchfork-carrying feminists were quick to point out that Ivanka’s seat-holding was odd not because she is a woman, but because she is unqualified. It’s also a case of nepotism they say, which is a charge often levelled at the Trumps.

So Trump was criticised and, as usual, he responded by calmly getting on with his job lashing out on Twitter:

“Angela M” is German Chancellor Angela Merkel and for once it looks like Trump is telling the truth. As reported in The Washington Post, Merkel said in a press conference that it was ultimately up to a country to decide who steps in when a leader has to leave the meeting. Not a biggie.

“Ivanka Trump was part and parcel of the American delegation, so that is something that other delegations also do,” Merkel said. “It’s very well known that she works at the White House and is also engaged in certain initiatives.”

Trump could have left it at that, with a tweet in which he seemingly kept the high ground. But of course he didn’t, immediately following up with:

Donnie, listen. It’s over, you beat Hillary. We know. Let it go, fella.

Chelsea took to Twitter in the morning to respond, tweeting:

Both Ivanka and her father have yet to comment on Chelsea’s reply. As we know, Trump Sr. isn’t one to back down from a squabble so this may well continue.

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