(USA TODAY) A fashion-label-boss-turned-presidential envoy met a physicist-turned-chancellor on Tuesday as Ivanka Trump traveled to Berlin for a forum for female leaders hosted by Angela Merkel — a forum experts saw as an opportunity for Europe’s most powerful woman to improve her relationship with President Trump, but which saw his daughter defending his attitudes toward women.

Trump’s appearance at the Women 20 summit marked her first international trip as an unpaid government employee and came at the direct invitation of Merkel, whom she met during the German leader’s trip to Washington last month.

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