Carrie Cordero, a national security lawyer, called out Ivanka Trump on Tuesday in an op-ed for the Washington Post. The attorney claimed that Ivanka’s actions at the G20 “broke new ground” in the Trump administration.
“Ivanka Trump ought to back off,” she wrote. “Americans didn’t elect her, we don’t have any way of holding her accountable and we don’t support her playacting at government.”
Cordero speculates that Ivanka may be angling to promote political ambitions of her own:
“If that’s true, then she is using her status as the president’s daughter in a way that no prior adult child of a president has during that parent’s presidency. There is no question, for example, that the Bush name assisted George W.’s and later Jeb’s political name recognition, but neither of them appeared at meetings with world leaders when their father was president. There is no modern historical precedent of an adult child participating in the business of the U.S. government during their parent’s presidency.”
Cordero also noted that Ivanka could be using her father’s power to promote future business opportunities.
“So in addition to being ’embarrassing for our country,’ Cordero warned that Ivanka’s role is far from ‘benign.’ She is part of her father’s attempt to bend the processes of the executive branch to his own will with officials who are accountable only to him, not the American people or Congress.”
Cordero also dispatched with the weak defense of Ivanka from some who say her critics are sexist:
“She has, after all, not one merit-based qualification to be participating in the diplomatic meetings she is attending. There are professional women inside the executive branch and outside government who have spent a lifetime becoming expert in their fields, whether that’s economics, international relations, trade, international law or diplomacy. If the Trump administration’s goal is to give a woman a seat at the table, there is no shortage of women who have the requisite experience and training who have earned their seat.”