CES chief defends invite for Ivanka Trump

A decision to supply the US president’s daughter one among the show’s “keynote” sessions has caused controversy.

Critics have said other women with more expertise have did not be granted lower-profile slots at the fair .

But Gary Shapiro told the BBC that he didn’t regret the choice .

“There’s tons of specialise in jobs of the longer term , and positively the keynote that are going to be “> i will be doing with Ivanka Trump will be that specialize in … how industry is functioning with government on this vital issue,” he said.

He will interview Ms Trump – who is a jobs creation adviser to the president – when she appears on stage on Tuesday 7 January.

He declined, however, to mention if her appearance had been his organisation’s idea or if the White House had requested the address.

The US Consumer Technology Association (CTA) confirmed Ms Trump would headline a discussion about “the path to the longer term of work” during a handout shortly before Christmas.

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