Ivanka Trump unfazed by critics at tech show

Ivanka Trump`s appearance at the CES tech show went smoothly, despite controversy surrounding her invitation.

Some had criticised a decision to give her a "keynote" slot, saying other women had more expertise in the field.

On stage, the US president`s daughter suggested Americans` CV data should be stored and updated on their phones as a matter of course, to make it easier for them to apply for jobs.

She seemed not to want to "ruffle feathers", one attendee told.

Ms Trump was interviewed in front of an audience of trade show delegates in Las Vegas by Gary Shapiro, chief of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which organises CES.

"Why can`t you have your high school degree verified and in your phone, so an employer doesn`t need to call your high school?" she asked him rhetorically.

Skills obtained on health and safety courses, or in manufacturing roles, she suggested, could be logged.

"All of that should be catalogued and tracked and available and accessible," Ms Trump added.

Last year, a white paper published by the US government described the concept - known as interoperable learning records - in detail.

Ms Trump also said that more could be done to help those without college degrees enter the workforce.

And she gained a round of applause for praising the introduction of paid parental leave for US government workers.

`Difficult to fault`

Critics had called for the event to be boycotted. But a large audience packed into a hotel conference centre to see and hear Ms Trump.

"It seemed clear as a member of the administration that she didn`t want to ruffle any feathers," said Adam Smith, contributing UK editor for PCMag.

He added that the atmosphere had been "accommodating" to Ms Trump.

"A debate may be worthwhile on whether her presence took the place of a more experienced woman in the tech sector or the merits of her political views, but it would be difficult to fault her on the delivery of her message," he added.

Ms Trump and her husband Jared Kushner will next attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as part of the White House delegation later this month.

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