Macron's office 'didn't anticipate the reaction' after sharing Ivanka Trump video clip

The French presidential palace on Monday said it did not anticipate the overwhelming response, much of it mocking, garnered by a clip it posted of White House adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE interacting with world leaders, according to Politico.

Instead, it said, the short video was meant to showcase exchanges among officials at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit. An official with the Élysée said in a statement the French government often publishes videos of moments from international summits, Politico reported. 


The official added the exchange including President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE's daughter “took place in the leaders’ lounge right before the sessions on gender equality of which Ivanka was one of the keynote speakers, so it wasn’t anything more than a moment of exchange like there were 100 more [of] with other leaders.”

The comments came as Democratic lawmaker and others denounced Ivanka Trump's presence at the G-20 summit in Japan, an event that convened leaders from around the world.

The video many pointed to showed Ivanka Trump joining a discussion involving French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronRussia vows to return seized warships to Ukraine NATO is not brain dead yet Trump, NATO chief to meet at White House MORE, Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauA third-party Green candidate is greatest threat to Democrats Forget Greenland — Trump should offer statehood to these Canadian provinces How Justin Trudeau can make his second act a success MORE, British Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayThe US needs a Secretary of Loneliness EU pushes Brexit deadline back to Jan. 31 Hold the Brexit Champagne MORE and International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde. 

The full context of their conversation remains unclear. At one point, May can be heard saying, "As soon as you charge them with that economic aspect of it, a lot of people start listening who otherwise wouldn’t listen.”

“And the same with the defense side of it, in terms of the whole business that’s been, sort of, male-dominated,” Ivanka Trump responds. 

The official with the Élysée acknowledged the video was released at a time when there exists “a larger narrative in the U.S. about Ivanka’s diplomatic role and that goes beyond us, of course."

But the official stressed that the French government had no intention of intruding into that narrative, Politico noted.

“We didn’t anticipate the reaction, and once again, we are not responsible for the use made of the clip,” the official said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera Louisiana governor wins reelection White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations MORE (D-N.Y.) condemned President Trump for bringing Ivanka Trump to the G-20 summit, saying that the move hurt America's diplomatic standing. 

"It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after the video was released. "It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on."

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuWyden urges FCC to secure 5G networks against cyber threats Democrat hits White House spokeswoman after Trump appointee changes testimony PETA asks DOJ to stop conducting training that harms animals MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted on Sunday that he "would like to hear Ivanka Trump's explanation about this video," before noting that she has blocked him on the social media platform. 

The hashtag "#UnwantedIvanka" also trended on Twitter on Monday morning after users began editing the White House adviser into iconic photos. 

Ivanka Trump has joined President Trump for his past two trips to the G-20 summit. She addressed efforts to elevate women in the workforce during a forum called the Special Event on Women’s Empowerment this year. 

“It is sad but not shocking that the haters choose to attack Ivanka Trump, a senior advisor to the President, when she is promoting U.S. efforts to empower women through strategic partnerships with world leaders," Jessica Ditto, deputy White House communications director, said in a statement to The Hill. "The G20 and ROK [Republic of Korea] visits were substantive and historic. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership our country is more prosperous and secure."