TRUMP’S TWEET draws Clin­tons into G-20 fray.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - FRANK E. LOCKWOOD

WASH­ING­TON — Eight months af­ter win­ning the White House, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump launched a Twit­ter at­tack Mon­day on for­mer Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton, daugh­ter Chelsea Clin­ton and the me­dia.

The tweet was prompted by crit­i­cism of first daugh­ter Ivanka Trump, who sat in for her fa­ther dur­ing part of the G-20 sum­mit in Hamburg, Germany, last week, a White House spokesman said.

News re­ports said her ap­pear­ance was a breach of pro­to­col, a claim the pres­i­dent and his staff re­jected.

“If Chelsea Clin­ton were asked to hold the seat for her mother, as her mother gave our coun­try away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!” Trump stated in an early morn­ing mes­sage.

Shortly af­ter Trump tweeted to his 33.6 mil­lion fol­low­ers, Chelsea Clin­ton sent a tweet of her own to her 1.76 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

“Good morn­ing Mr. Pres­i­dent. It would never have oc­curred to my mother or my fa­ther to ask me [to take their seat at a global sum­mit],” she wrote. “Were you giv­ing our coun­try away? Hop­ing not.”

Clin­ton, the for­mer first daugh­ter and one-time NBC News spe­cial correspondent, was a fre­quent cam­paign sur­ro­gate dur­ing her mother’s 2016 White House bid.

In re­cent months, re­porters have asked Chelsea Clin­ton about her fu­ture po­lit­i­cal plans. The New York res­i­dent has been men­tioned, among other things, as a po­ten­tial con­gres­sional can­di­date.

In April, she ruled out a 2020 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign bid, telling CBS’s No­rah O’Don­nell, “I clearly don’t agree with our pres­i­dent, but I’m def­i­nitely not the right per­son to run to de­feat him in 2020.”

Asked when the pres­i­dent would put the Clin­tons in his rearview mir­ror and move on, White House spokesman Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said Mon­day that Trump was sim­ply re­spond­ing to at­tacks on his daugh­ter.

“Look, this wasn’t about putting them [the Clin­tons] in the front. This was about re­spond­ing to an out­ra­geous at­tack against a White House se­nior ad­viser [ Trump’s daugh­ter],” San­ders said dur­ing a Mon­day af­ter­noon press brief­ing.

“It’s pretty stan­dard pro­to­col that when the leader gets up, some­one takes their seat — as [Ger­man] Chan­cel­lor [An­gela] Merkel also pointed out and said that this was per­fectly stan­dard pro­to­col.”

The crit­i­cism was un­war­ranted, San­ders said.

“In fact, I think that we should be proud to have Ivanka sit­ting in that seat, con­sid­er­ing par­tic­u­larly the topic at hand was part of her port­fo­lio,” she said. “If she didn’t have the last name that she has, I think she would be con­stantly cel­e­brated in­stead of con­stantly at­tacked, and I frankly think it’s a sad thing that they chose to go af­ter her in that moment.”

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