Argentine President Macri: Ivanka Trump sat in on my call with her father
Argentine President Macri revealed on Monday that Ivanka Trump sat in on a call between him and President-Elect Donald Trump, according to the Hill.
In an interview with the Asahi Shimbun, Macri spoke of his relationship with Trump over the years, noting that he “is a bold and aggressive person who pushes his pet theories and pushes through them.”
“Trump won the election while making many people his enemy,” Macri said, adding, “That shows his capabilities and insights are excellent.”
However, while the two leaders held a call to discuss working together in the future and “establish the best bilateral relations ever,” Macri also noted that Trump’s daughter Ivanka sat in on the call.
Ivanka also sat in on a meeting between the President-Elect and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which prompted some to question her role in her father’s political affairs while also serving as vice president for development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization.
Even though Ivanka sat in on the call between Trump and Macri, the Argentine leader said, “I have known her since her infant days.”
A spokesperson clarified, “He spoke with Ivanka only briefly to say hello because he met her when she was just a kid.”
However, many have called Ivanka’s involvement in the Trump Organization while sitting in on meetings with foreign leaders a “conflict of interest.”
Trump said while on the campaign trail, “If I become president, I couldn’t care less about my company. It’s peanuts. I have Ivanka, and Eric, and Don sitting there. Run the company kids, have a good time.”
However, an arrangement of the sort only works if business and politics remain completely separate, which is not the case as long as Trump’s children continue sitting in on his political meetings.
Specifically, a recent Washington Post report revealed that given Trump’s status as the next president, some foreign leaders felt pressured to stay at his hotels when in the U.S.