Instead, Merkel - obviously no fan of Trump - put a damper on the troll party by pointing out the obvious; if anyone in the administration was "qualified" to sit in on a meeting discussing the finance initiative for women entrepreneurs, it was the president's daughter.
Tony Posnanski, another New York-based writer, took a lighter jibe at Ivanka, "I guess in all fairness Ivanka Trump is qualified to sit with world leaders since her clothing line has failed in every country". "Very standard. Angela M agrees!" he tweeted.
"This is unusual", tweeted Michael McFaul, the United States ambassador to Russian Federation under President Barack Obama who is a professor of political science at Stanford University.
Donald Jr. waded into the fray on Twitter after Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist and a frequent critic of President Trump, said she would prefer Ms. Trump as president. "Good morning Mr. President", she wrote. It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me.
"The very fact that his daughter is senior adviser smacks of the kind of nepotism not seen since John F. Kennedy named Robert F. Kennedy as Attorney General", an unnamed European official told the Washington Post. "Were you giving our country away?"
Brian Klass, a fellow at the London School of Economics fellow, reposted the original photo and added, "Ivanka Trump, unelected, unqualified, daughter-in-chief, is representing the United States at the G20 summit next to May, Xi, Merkel".
The tweets he posted on Monday are not the first examples of instances of the president defending his daughter against what he perceives to be undeservedly negative treatment by the press.
The younger Trump is photographed literally rubbing shoulders with world leaders barely two weeks after she said in an interview that she tries to "stay out of politics."
The President's team stated that the USA would "work together with members states to help access fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently". However, Ivanka is an unpaid assistant to President Trump, and is focusing on women's empowerment issues and workplace development.
Any "self-respecting" member of the liberal media would be denying his or her "progressive" stripes to claim otherwise, would they not?