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Ivanka Trump Booed, 'Accomplice' Interview Make for Late-night Fodder

Ivanka Trump denied claims by the German press that she is a loyal accomplice to her father, despite her highly unusual appointment as an advisor to the president

Ivanka Trump with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Angela Merkel, at the W20 Summit in Berlin. April 25, 2017.
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Ivanka Trump was once again the subject of relentless teasing by late night hosts after her appearance at a conference on women’s rights in Berlin on Tuesday.

At the Berlin event, Ivanka praised her father as a "tremendous champion of supporting families," to which the audience noticeably booed and hissed. The moderator quickly pointed out the audiences' reaction and asked Trump a follow up question.

In an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, Ivanka defended herself against claims by the press (and Saturday Night Live) that she is a loyal "accomplice" to her father. “I don’t like the word ‘accomplice’ because in this context, I don’t think that that’s productive,” she said.

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Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien both took the opporunity to crack jokes about her remarks in their opening monologues Tuesday night.

“Today, Trump sent Ivanka to Berlin to participate in a women’s conference, making her the first Trump to attend a women’s conference that didn’t include a swimsuit competition,” said Colbert.

O’Brien took a different tact, joking: “In Germany, Ivanka Trump told a crowd that her father is a champion of supporting families, and she got booed. Ivanka said she was surprised; she’s always been told to open with a joke.”

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Ivanka Trump is seen as an increasingly important influence on her father, but her appointment as an adviser, with access to classified information, was highly unusual for the daughter of a president. Seeking to allay ethics concerns, the 35-year-old said last month she would serve in the White House in an unpaid, informal role.