The President’s daughter and adviser spent four days in Africa visiting Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast.
In response to a tweet by NBC News reporter Mac William Bishop, Ivanka said “it was my privilege” after meeting and dancing with Ivorian women. The tweet sparked backlash from users who soon started ridiculing her “privileged” lifestyle. The 37-year-old’s first visit was to the Dumoro Coffee shop in Addis Ababa. During the outing, she met with Ethiopian women representing the coffee industry. Here, they discussed the empowerment of women in the Ethiopian coffee industry. She has made the trip in order to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP), which launched in February. She told her 6.37 million followers: “Joined @USAIDMarkGreen and the Ethiopian Women in Coffee Association (EWIC) for a great discussion (and coffee cupping!) with inspiring female entrepreneurs.
During her trip to Africa, Ivanka confirmed her father had offered her the role which went to David Malpass. However, she refused to answer questions on whether her father had offered her any other roles within the White House. She responded to the questions by saying it is “between me and my father”. Currently, Ivanka serves as a White House advisor to her father and undertakes work on issues such as workforce development and women’s empowerment.