Colombia's Vice President Praises Ivanka Trump As 'A Brilliant Woman,' Says She Wants to Show Her How They Are Helping Migrant Women at the Border

President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump received a warm welcome from Colombia's Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez on Monday evening, as she arrived in the country for the first stop on a tour across Latin America to help promote women's economic empowerment.

Sharing photos of her arrival in Bogota, Colombia, Trump posted to Twitter: "Just landed...Thank you Vice President Marta Lucía c for the warm welcome. Looking forward to a great trip!"

In an interview with Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Ramírez offered some insight into how Trump's Latin America trip, which will see the first daughter visit Argentina and Paraguay in addition to Colombia alongside Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and other officials, came to fruition.

"I asked for an appointment," she said in an interview translated from Spanish.

Explaining that she had made the request in May during a visit to Washington, D.C., Ramírez said she was interested in Trump's "commitment to the empowerment of women," which she said would allow the president's adviser to "get closer to Latin America, and in particular, to Colombia."

"What this trip is really about is to show her the different projects we have for the economic empowerment of women," Ramírez said.

Part of that, the vice president said, will also be about showing Trump how her country is working to support Venezuelan women arriving at Colombia's border, as thousands of people continue to flee Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crisis.

While the U.S. has sought to dramatically tighten its borders, Colombia has ushered more than 1.4 million Venezuelans into the country, striving to absorb children into its school system, while also extending free emergency healthcare and special work permits to those seeking refuge.

Ramírez said she has already spoken to Trump about the plight of Venezuelan women and described how "the conditions in which they arrive are truly dramatic."

"I have seen on the border, so many times that I have gone, young girls selling their long hair to be able to have the possibility of income," she said. "Imagine after selling the hair what they have left to sell, the body, who knows under what conditions."

"That is why I really wanted her to accompany what I am doing from the vice presidency, which is to create houses for women in some parts of the country, where they can have [training programs] to have that economic autonomy," she said.

Calling Trump a "brilliant woman," Ramírez said that she was confident that the first daughter's influence on the international community and "ability to summon other leaders" could play a pivotal role in helping improve conditions for migrant women and citizens of Colombia.

She added that she was hopeful Trump could also help Latin America bring in investments from the U.S. "and from many places in the world."

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Ivanka Trump, advisor and daughter of US President Donald Trump, speaks at the first anniversary of the administration's Pledge to The American Worker initiative at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2019. Trump has landed in Bogota, Colombia, where she will start her Latin America trip to promote women's economic empowerment. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty
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