Ivanka Trump sits in between Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty during a meeting of the American Technology Council with her father, U.S. President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room of the White House June 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

First daughter Ivanka Trump took a seat reserved for the U.S. President during a Saturday meeting at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, when President Donald Trump stepped away from the proceedings.

A photograph of her sitting next to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was tweeted by a Russian attendee Svetlana Lukash but then promptly deleted. However, the picture went viral and the photo was posted by various news sources.

A White House official confirmed to CBS News that Ivanka Trump sat in for her father when the president of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim addressed the meeting.

"Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the president had to step out," the official told CBS News, noting that other leaders made similar maneuvers. "When other leaders stepped out, their seats were also briefly filled by others."

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The picture of Ivanka Trump at the table surrounded by world leaders went viral on Twitter, with users reacted with outrage at the unusual decision by the White House and President. The outrage stemmed from the fact that the 35-year-old was not an elected official and not decided by voters to represent the country.

Other users focused on the fact that it was a Russian official that originally posted the picture. The concern comes as Trump is currently being investigated for his dealings and potential collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

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The picture of Ivanka at the table with world leaders comes as President Trump made the comment that his daughter's life would be much easier if he weren't her father.

"I'm very proud of my daughter Ivanka, always have been from day one. I have to tell you that. If she weren't my daughter it would be so much easier for her," Trump said at the launch of a new women's economic empowerment event Saturday.

"It might be the only bad thing she has going," he added.