Apparently, at least two world leaders thought long and hard before allowing it, but a picture of Ivanka Trump sitting behind the President's desk in the Oval Office has gone viral and has garnered predictably adverse comments.
The so-called "First Daughter" - and how creepy is THAT? - does seem to be a successful businesswoman in her own right, and is apparently a sharp cookie, although clearly she has risen at least to some extent on the coattails of her father. She was attending a meeting of the incredibly awkwardly-named "United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs", during the recent state visit of Canadian Prime Minister (and self-styled feminist) Justin Trudeau (or "Joe Trudeau", as Sean Spicer would have it).
Then, for a lark, Donald Trump and Joe thought it would be a jolly wheeze to show Ms. Trump behind the so-called Resolute Desk, with the two the two national leaders dancing attendance on her.
Trudeau has been accused of lacking a sense of decorum and appropriateness before now, and certainly nobody expects anything better of The Donald. But this was clearly an ill-advised idea from the get-go. Comments have varied from it being galling and patronizing to Hillary Clinton, who could (and perhaps should) be sitting there, and that Ms. Trump on the other hand had not earned the right to sit there, to admonishments that this is not "Take Your Daughter to Work Day".
No-one expects Donald Trump to be an arbiter of taste, but Justin Trudeau certainly should have known better.