Don’t Look At Us! French ‘Not Responsible’ For Memes Spawned By Ivanka Vid

French President Emmanuel Macron listens a question during a joint press conference with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Kirribilli House in Sydney on May 2, 2018. - Macron arrived in Australia on M... French President Emmanuel Macron listens a question during a joint press conference with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Kirribilli House in Sydney on May 2, 2018. - Macron arrived in Australia on May 1 on a rare visit by a French president with the two sides expected to agree on greater cooperation in the Pacific to counter a rising China. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 1, 2019 3:28 p.m.

The French presidential palace released a statement clarifying its rationale for posting a video of Ivanka Trump interjecting in a conversation among world leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron. The French government also brushed off responsibility for the memes that were spurred by the footage.

“(The moment) took place in the leaders’ lounge right before the sessions on gender equality of which Ivanka was one of the keynote speakers, so it wasn’t anything more than a moment of exchange like there were 100 more (of) with other leaders,” a spokesperson said, according to Politico.

“We didn’t anticipate the reaction, and once again, we are not responsible for the use made of the clip,” the official reportedly said.

The clip earned a viral takedown by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), which sparked a flurry of “#unwantedivanka” memes, showing the first daughter photoshopped into historic events she has no business being part of.

While President Trump regularly faces backlash for promoting nepotism by giving his daughter and son-in-law such prominent roles in the White House, that hasn’t stopped the President from publicly musing about giving Ivanka Trump gigs like the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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