- Ivanka Trump will reportedly speak on a major panel at CES 2020, the largest trade show of the year for consumer technology.
- CNET reports that the president’s daughter will speak on a panel with Gary Shapiro, the president of the Consumer Technology Association, the organization that puts on CES.
- Ivanka Trump has played a role in the White House’s tech initiatives: She’s announced a new job training effort alongside Google CEO Sundar Pichai, accompanied her father to a tour of an Apple production facilty, and visited a school in Idaho with Apple CEO Tim Cook in 2018.
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Ivanka Trump will reportedly headline the largest tech trade show of the year in January.
CNET reports that President Donald Trump’s daughter will speak on a panel at CES 2020 alongside Gary Shapiro, the president of the Consumer Technology Association, the organization that puts on the trade show. However, it’s unclear what Shapiro and Ivanka Trump will discuss on the panel.
Neither the White House nor the CTA have responded to Business Insider’s request for comment, or confirmed that Ivanka Trump will be at CES 2020.
CNET reports that Trump’s presence was discovered after CES started to upload placeholder URLs for livestreams of the event’s keynote speeches, including a link to one for “Ivanka Trump.” Trump won’t be the only White House official at CES 2020: It’s already been announced that Elaine Chao, the US Secretary of Transportation, will deliver a keynote speech at the event.
Trump, 38, has played a role in the White House’s push into technology as a senior adviser to the president. In charge of overseeing the president’s job training efforts, Trump appeared alongside Google CEO Sundar Pichai in October when the company announced it was committing to a White House worker initiative. She’s also held two high-profile events with Apple CEO Tim Cook: She visited schools with him in Idaho in 2018 as part of the administration’s focus on STEM education, and toured an Apple factory in Austin this year with Cook and President Trump.
However, Ivanka Trump’s scheduled panel alongside Shapiro is surprising, given that Shapiro has been an outspoken opponent of the president. He was quick to publicly oppose Trump’s presidency in a blog post on Medium in July 2015, just weeks after Trump announced his bid.
Shapiro has also publicly rebuked the White House’s increase of tariffs on products imported from China, saying the trade war is taking a financial toll on US chipmakers and the nation’s tech industry.
“Instead of making America great again, the president is using tariffs to make a great economic mistake — again,” Shapiro said in an August statement.
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