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Ivanka Trump Defends President's Stance Toward Women

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Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, from left, attend a panel at the W20 Summit in Berlin, April 25, 2017.

Remarks by President Donald Trump's daughter drew groans and hisses as she defended her father's position toward women Tuesday in Berlin, saying the media's criticism of the president's past attitudes toward women has "been perpetuated."

Trump said her experiences and those of other long-time women employees of Trump's business empire "are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man."

WATCH: Ivanka defends her father's stance on women

Scattered groans and hisses could be heard as Trump described her father as "a tremendous champion of supporting families."

Trump's remarks were made during a panel discussion at the G-20 women's summit on how to support women entrepreneurs. Participants included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

Trump, on her first international trip as a member of her father's U.S. presidential team, acknowledged that she is still learning how to positively affect the lives of women worldwide.

"I am really striving to think about how best to ... empower women in the economy both domestically and across the globe."

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Citing the United States as an example, Trump said the business climate for women entrepreneurs is "incredibly exciting," given that only 30 percent of private businesses are owned by women, despite representing half of the population.

"There's a lot of wood to chop and we're not right there; we're not there yet," she said.

She has been a vocal supporter of policies benefiting working women. But she has been criticized, particularly by liberals who think she has done little to moderate the president's conservative agenda and who question the impact of his policies on families.

Other attendees at the two-day summit of the world's leading economic powers include Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and the Netherlands' Queen Maxima.

Trump was invited to the summit by Merkel. The invitation prompted speculation among some commentators that it was a way to open a channel to President Trump after an awkward White House meeting last month.

Trump also visited Berlin's memorial to the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis. She converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kusher in 2009.

Trump is an informal White House advisor to her father, a highly unusual role for the daughter of a U.S. president. She is an increasingly influential player in the West Wing of the White House, where her husband, a top presidential advisor, also has an office.

In an attempt to allay ethics concerns about her position, Trump said in late March she would serve in an unpaid informal advisory role.

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