The senior White House adviser, First Daughter Ivanka, visited Morocco last week to promote the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which she has been championing over the past year.
Ivanka attended a dinner with Morocco’s Princess Lalla Meryemm, with an image of her from the occasion shared by White House Media Director Carolina Hurley.
In it, the presidential daughter could be seen wearing a gold and cream Moroccan national dress. The chic floor-length garment couldn’t help – naturally – but draw netizens’ curious glances.
“Lordy, she looks like a little girl playing dress up! Oh, right, that’s what she’s doing in the White House too acting like she knows what she’s doing”, one shared, shifting attention to Ivanka’s role in the White House.
Another chimed in, responding similarly:
Was this paid for with taxpayer money or money her family stole from needy veterans?— This Isn't the Anne You Are Looking For (@AnneSBU) November 11, 2019
Extortion is a crime with a 15 year jail sentence.— Richard (@DRichardstone) November 9, 2019
That’s a lot of pomp and circumstance while on a mission to help empower oppressed and impoverished women.— BeachinIt (@cayman2016) November 10, 2019
One went still further claiming Ivanka is "appropriating" the Moroccan culture:
In other news Ivanka wears a kimono in Japan, a sari in India and a grass skirt in Hawaii, taking the lead for Best In Cultural Appropriation.— Mz. Delecto If Your Nasty (@ceecee591) November 10, 2019
Yeah but dressing up as a beautiful African lady is cultural appropriation, it’s the same thing. Besides Donald, if Ivanka did that people would want her fired.— James Weems (@Scallywag1967) November 7, 2019
However, fans quickly rushed to silence criticism, pointing to Ivanka’s “dazzling” looks while at the Moroccan palace:
I am a moroccan and the traditional kaftan's (the dress) sleeves are usually huge and hidding the hand. I know much of you will be proning respect towards other cultures.— Anas Zeroual (@AnastasiusZer) November 9, 2019
She is showing respect&humility by wearing a traditional women dress of Morocco a long time US friend country
The visit to the North African country is Ivanka’s third overseas trip this year to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, spearheaded in February to consult and assist women in developing countries deepen their engagement in their countries’ economic life.
“The W-GDP initiative aims to empower women to reach their full economic potential & will impact 50 million women around the globe. I am proud to have participated in the launch of W-GDP & I applaud the Administration for leading this imperative effort.” – LR @RepMcCaul https://t.co/XQYeGadLoC— House Foreign Affairs GOP (@HouseForeignGOP) November 8, 2019
In October 2017, Ivanka Trump launched a women’s entrepreneurship fund with the World Bank and 13 other countries to offer over $1 billion to support women-led business projects.
In 2019, the initiative was extended by a $50 million project aimed at stimulating countries to redact laws that ban women from owning property or gaining access to business loans.
In a parallel move, Ivanka is behind a US domestic social initiative called the “Pledge to American Workers", launched by the presidential aide to help boost employees’ careers and general well-being.