A tweet from Ivanka Trump on Friday about the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has caused some online backlash due to a remark she made of his impact he had on her own “government service.”
Abe, 67, was assassinated Friday when a suspected 41-year-old gunman shot him twice with what officials have deemed a homemade gun. The incident occurred while Abe was giving a stump speech in support of fellow Liberal Democratic Party member and national election candidate Kei Sato.
Trump expressed condolences on Twitter to his family and all Japanese people, calling Abe “a truly historic figure & leader of lasting consequence,” adding that his “advice, wisdom & warmth had a profound impact” on her role in her father’s White House.
It prompted users online to question what exactly her “government service” consisted of in her role as adviser in her father’s administration.
Twitter user__Arthur_Dent__ tweeted: “I’ve never heard of the world’s longest bring-your-daughter-to-work-day described as ‘government service’ before.”
Meanwhile, other Twitter users replied to her tweet with reference to a video that was recorded and published by the French government during Donald Trump’s presidency, in which Ivanka is seen engaging with current and former world leaders at the G20 summit in Osaka in 2019.
The video shows her speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde, and former British Prime Minister Theresa May in what has been coined as an awkward moment with little eye contact.
“I Ivanka, remember when world leaders refused to make eye contact with you and did their best to pretend you weren’t tying to make awkward conversation. I do,” tweeted user itsJeffTiedrich.
Other messages referenced her father’s claim of her alleged positive economic impact on the country, including a false claim in 2019 by the former president that she was singularly responsible for creating 14 million jobs — or more than double the amount of jobs that were created through the entirety of his four-year term, according to The Hill.
“Remember when trump said you created 14M jobs when you didn’t create any and you never bothered to correct him?” Twitter user ZazaChilvers said.
Reports in 2018 by The Washington Post and Politico revealed that Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, collectively made over $ 82 million during their tenure as White House advisers when they received no formal salaries in their respective positions.
Ivanka reportedly earned $ 3.9 million from her share in the Trump International Hotel, $ 5 million from her clothing brand, $ 2 million in income and severance from the Trump Organization, and $ 289,000 from Penguin Random House as an advance for her book Women Who Work.
The book proceeds were said to have been donated to the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund.
Kushner’s financial windfall was much greater, however, due to his family’s real estate dealings that led to income exceeding $ 70 million.
In 2017, the Post estimated Ivanka’s assets to be valued between $ 55.3 million and $ 75.6 million, while Kushner’s was between $ 179 million and $ 735 million.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump in a statement expressed remorse for Abe, and called him “a truly great man and leader,” and a “true friend” to him and America.