Ivanka Trump to attend Women’s Economic Summit in Berlin

Ivanka Trump will visit Germany to attend a summit on the economic empowerment of women.

The “first daughter” was invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during Merkel’s recent White House visit.

The W20 summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, will be in Berlin in late April. Trump, who serves as an unpaid employee in the White House with the title of assistant to the president, is still working out her itinerary for the Berlin trip. She hopes to study successful apprenticeship programs during her visit. 

President Trump spoke about the plans during a meeting with women small business owners March 27. He praised his daughter’s efforts on economic policies for women, saying, “She’ll be working on similar issues with Chancellor Merkel. That will be very exciting for you,” the president said.

When Merkel visited the White House recently, Ivanka Trump helped arrange a meeting among American and German business leaders to discuss vocational training. (The meeting, suggested by German officials, marked the second time foreign leaders reached out to Ivanka Trump to coordinate an economic discussion. In February, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked her to help organize a meeting on opportunities for women.)

Trump has pledged to expand economic opportunities for women and has been discussing job-training initiatives with business executives for some time, beginning even before her father took office.