Ivanka Trump is set to go on her first foreign trip to Germany as an official member of the White House. The first daughter and special assistant to the president has accepted German Chancellor Angela Merkel's invitation to speak at a women's empowerment panel in Berlin in the last week week of the month for the W20 Summit.
Ivanka will arrive in Berlin on April 25. She will be part of a panel who will be discussing "Inspiring Women: Scaling up Women's Entrepreneurship" scheduled for the summit's afternoon session. W20 summit is in its third year and will focus this year on women's empowerment. She is expected to also look at successful apprenticeship programs for women.
The summit will also tackle access for finance for business women, closing the gender digital divide and women's inclusion in the labor force. Ivanka and Merkel earlier met when the German Chancellor visited Washington last month. Ivanka helped arrange a meeting as requested between American and German business leaders in the U.S. to talk about vocational training during Merkel's visit.
The First Daughter's role as special assistant to her president-father was made official weeks ago. She has been given an office in the West Wing and security clearance. She has announced, however, that she will not draw any salary from her White House post. She promised to also comply with all ethics rules governing government officials. The first daughter is considered to be the closest and most influential person to President Trump. He said many times that he listens to her views on issues and policies.
Just last week, one of her brothers revealed that Ivanka also advised her father on launching an airstrike on Syria in response to its horrible and brutal chemical attacks on innocent people that killed at least 86 lives including those of beautiful babies. Women's issues remain one of the top interests of Ivanka.
Women and entrepreneurship as a topic is also close to her heart, being a former executive at the Trump Organization and until her father's victory in the election, the CEO of her own fashion brand. She has taken a leave from those posts before her father was sworn in.