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The Latest: Ivanka Trump visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, touches a stllee when visiting the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe after she participated in the W20 Summit in Berlin Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Ivanka Trump’s trip to Berlin (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

Ivanka Trump has visited the Holocaust memorial in the German capital, meeting with the director at the information center before walking slowly through the downtown Berlin monument.

Crowds of people snapped cellphone photos and yelled out “Hi, how are you?” as Trump entered the center to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe for a short visit Tuesday.

President Donald Trump’s daughter walked slowly through the undulating grounds filled with concrete slabs, along with U.S. Embassy personnel. She was flanked by a strong police guard keeping tourists and others at a distance.

She paused occasionally to look at the slabs, meant to symbolize the chaos of the Holocaust, and donned sunglasses before emerging on the other side of the monument to a crush of cameras and onlookers.

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4:30 p.m.

Ivanka Trump is visiting a training center in Berlin run by German industrial conglomerate Siemens.

Trump was greeted at the facility Tuesday by Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser– one of three German business leaders who took part in a discussion event organized by Trump in Washington in March on how companies can better train workers. That event was also attended by President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump has been a vocal advocate for policies benefiting working women and vocational training.

Germany is proud of its vocational training system. Siemens says it currently has some 12,000 young people worldwide, including 9,000 in Germany, in “two-track” programs that combine study with practical training.

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2:35 p.m.

Ivanka Trump says she’s still “rather unfamiliar” with the role of first daughter and is stressing that, as a White House adviser, she doesn’t represent her business.

Trump stepped away from running her fashion brand to take the unpaid White House role. At a panel discussion in Berlin on Tuesday, the moderator asked whether she represents President Donald Trump, the American people or her business.

Ivanka Trump replied: “Certainly not the latter, and I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, as it is quite new to me.” She added that “it has been a little under 100 days but it has just been a remarkable, incredible journey.”

Trump said of her relationship with the president that “we’re very aligned in many, many areas and that’s why he’s encouraged me to fully lean into this opportunity and come into the White House.”

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2:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted that he’s proud of his daughter’s leadership on improving women’s place in the economy.

Ivanka Trump, who is a White House adviser, was speaking Tuesday in Berlin at the W20 Summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries. Ahead of the trip, she co-authored an opinion piece in the Financial Times calling for more global efforts to invest in women’s economic empowerment.

President Trump tweeted that article Tuesday, adding: “Proud of @IvankaTrump for her leadership on these important issues. Looking forward to hearing her speak at the W20!”

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2 p.m.

Ivanka Trump says she is “listening and learning” to define how she can help advance women’s economic empowerment in the U.S. and beyond.

Trump, the first daughter and a White House adviser, said during an appearance alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others at a panel discussion in Berlin on Tuesday that she was “humbled to be here with so many formidable leaders.”

Trump says she plans “to bring the advice, to bring the knowledge, back to the United States, back to both my father and the president — and hopefully that will bring about incremental, positive change. And that is my goal.”

Trump is speaking at the W20 Summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries.

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1:55 p.m.

Ivanka Trump is defending her father’s stance toward women and calling him “a tremendous champion of supporting families.”

Asked about President Donald Trump’s past attitudes toward women, the White House adviser told a conference in Berlin: “I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media, and that’s been perpetuated.”

But she added that her own personal experience and that of the women who have worked with and for Trump for decades “are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man.”

She said her father “encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity.”

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9:30 a.m.

Ivanka Trump is in Berlin on her first international outing as a White House adviser, where she will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss ways to encourage women’s economic empowerment.

Trump and Merkel are on a panel discussion Tuesday as part of the W20 Summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, entitled “Inspiring women: Scaling up women’s entrepreneurship.”

Trump will also visit a technology college run by the Siemens company and go to the German capital’s memorial to the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis.

Trump stepped away from running her fashion brand to take a role as an unpaid White House adviser in her father’s administration. She has spent time talking about women’s empowerment, often at White House forums and roundtables.

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