Ivanka Trump's photo at the World Cup divides the internet

Ivanka Trump’s photo at the World Cup divides the internet

Ivanka Trump is touring the Middle East with her husband, Jared Kushner, and she tweeted a photo of her family enjoying the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The former president’s 41-year-old daughter showed she was in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia on Thursday, and that was enough to send some into a spiral on the internet.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group G match between Brazil and Serbia at Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar on November 24, 2022. Their attendance at the tournament has divided opinions on the networks social.
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After announcing she would not be part of her father Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign, she joined her husband and sons, Joseph and Theodore, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, eastern Qatar, while that they were photographed meeting Qatari dignitaries.

Just an hour earlier, the Trump family had been seen at 974 Stadium in Ras Abu Aboud, Doha, where they watched Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 before being rushed into the game against Brazil.

Kushner, 41, served as a Middle East adviser during the Trump administration, and he was seen socializing with politicians at the game, including in-depth conversations with Qatari Prime Minister Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.

Among those seated with the couple was Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the multi-billionaire who is the chairman and chief executive of French football club Paris Saint-Germain.

There were mixed opinions on social media about Trump’s attendance at the game, with some praising her for helping break down borders, while others questioning her support for a tournament in a country where the slave labor and human rights violations are said to be common in the construction of football stadiums.

One user supported Trump’s presence in the stadium and tweeted that he had made a welcoming statement: “The female presence in the stadium is important, it will help open up space for women in this culture.”

Others weren’t so supportive of Trump’s photo, with many suggesting it was a bad idea to endorse the tournament in the Gulf state.

Among those upset by the snap, one Twitter user posted: “How dare you support this. Over there playing in a country that throws gay people off the roof. Over there Parliament ordered to kill a protester. Your virtual reporting of any greed.”

Another pointed to the decision not to support Donald Trump’s push for the White House in 2024 as a reason why Ivanka and her family should not show they are at the FIFA World Cup.

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Prime Minister of Qatar Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump during the FIFA World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Serbia. Some have criticized the family online for taking part in a tournament held in a country where human rights abuses are said to be rife.
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The individual tweeted: “Thought you were gonna keep your family out of the spotlight? Something about being happy with private family life? Or was it just an excuse not to be a part of it? “a failed presidential election? No worries you were part of a failed presidential administrator, already ruined image.”

Another tweeted that it was an inappropriate way to spend Thanksgiving Day: “You were there instead of spending the holidays with your family??? Are you going to watch USA VS ENGLAND today? ?? Something is wrong about that.”

There was a final message of support, in which Ivanka was congratulated on her journey.

The Twitter user wrote: “TRUTH!! @IvankaTrump good reason why Ivanka decided not to stand next to dad this time SHE MIGHT JUST PUT HER KIDS FIRST.”

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