Top US officials to skip Hyderabad Summit with Ivanka Trump-led delegation

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Top US officials to skip Hyderabad Summit with Ivanka Trump-led delegation

Reports say Ivanka Trump may attend the GES on 29 November and leave the city the same night.

The city of Hyderabad will turn into a fortress ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and daughter Ivanka Trump's visit for Global Entrepreneurship Summit from November 28 to 30.

"They (Tillerson and his staff) won't send someone senior because they don't want to bolster Ivanka". In a way to snub the first daughter, he's refusing to send any senior officials from the State Department.

The decision by Tillerson - if true - is being viewed in the American corridors of power as one meant to deflate efforts by President Trump to give her daughter the aura of an important player in the United States administration.

The source reportedly added, "No one higher than the deputy assistant secretary is allowed to participate" and noted that "Rex doesn't like the fact that he's supposed to be our nation's top diplomat, and Jared and now Ivanka have stepped all over Rex Tillerson for a long time". The Secretary of State's decision is even being viewed by some observers as politically suicidal since President Trump isn't likely to take the rather personal slight lightly and could show Tillerson the door from his team, much like he has already done with over half a dozen of his top appointees since assuming office of the President earlier this year. Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks MORE and even former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaReport: FCC chair to push for complete repeal of net neutrality Right way and wrong way Keystone XL pipeline clears major hurdle despite recent leak MORE multiple times. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host Ivanka for dinner on November 28, 2017.

Last year's summit was in California's Silicon Valley and was attended by included Secretary of State Kerry, a State Department undersecretary and other staff.

This year's summit, however, comes just as the White House has directed Secretary Tillerson to slash his agency's budget, though the sources tell CNN the budget slashing isn't part of the reason behind not sending senior State Department officials. The theme of the eighth edition of the summit is "Women First, Prosperity for All".

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