Ivanka Trump has traveled to India with her father, President Donald Trump. Since arriving there, more than a few people have wondered on social media just why the first daughter is there.
The president is making his first-ever trip to the country since he took office but it’s far from the first trip anyone in the family has made when it comes to their business interests. As HuffPost pointed out, India is home to the most Trump-branded real estate ventures in the entire world outside of North America.
It wasn’t that long ago that Walter Shaub — the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics — criticized the presidential daughter for what he characterized as pleasure junkets on the taxpayer’s dime. Specifically, he was talking about a flight she took to Dubai on what was the third anniversary of the opening of the city’s Trump International Golf Club.
On Monday, Ivanka drew the ire of many people on Twitter when she posted several photos of herself, as well as her husband, Jared Kushner, taking in the sites. One particular tweet, showing her standing in front of the Taj Mahal with the caption “The grandeur and beauty of the Taj Mahal is awe-inspiring,” drew quite a bit of criticism.
One user asked simply, “WHY ARE YOU THERE???????”
Another detractor went a bit more into detail about their displeasure at Ivanka Trump and what appeared to be her sightseeing.
“So glad our tax dollars could fund your sightseeing trip. Millions of Americans will never be able to afford a trip like that, but so happy you’re enjoying yourself at our expense.”
“Oh look, another free trip for #NepotismBarbie! So glad that we the taxpayers are helping you see the world and make business deals to fatten your pocketbook!” said someone else, in response to a picture of her and Kushner standing together and smiling broadly.
“But Hunter Biden…” said yet another social media user.
The above comment was in reference to Joe Biden’s son, whom Republicans have claimed only got a position on the board of directors for Ukrainian company Burisma because of his family connections.
Both Ivanka and Kushner have been appointed White House officials by the president, even though neither had any previous government experience. Despite that fact, they and other members of their family claimed the Hunter Biden situation was one that was totally unheard of and untenable.
Perhaps what has irked those individuals commenting on Ivanka Trump’s trip to India with her father is the perception that it’s not the first time she’s taken such a trip on taxpayer money.