A photo of Ivanka Trump casting what appears to be a meaningful gaze at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has prompted fevered speculation on social media over what might have been going through Ms Trump's mind.

The photo was taken on this week during a roundtable discussion about women in the work force, for which Ivanka "helped recruit participants and set the agenda", as AP reports.

During Trudeau's visit to the White House, Canada and the US announced a joint task force to help women in the work place, looking at issues such as childcare and maternity leave.

However, with a level of seriousness a cynic might say is rather typical of social media, Twitter users focused on the (entirely imaginary) budding romance between the Prime Minister and the First Daughter:

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The photos was picked up on by Trevor Noah, host of the The Daily Show, who commented: "She looks like she's ready to risk it all. She looks like she's considering dressing up as a Syrian refugee just so Canada will take her in, like, 'Let me in, Justin!'

"And I get it, because Ivanka is an attractive, vibrant young woman," he continued, speaking over a photo of Donald Trump's cabinet: "And ever since her dad became president, have you seen the troll men she has to hang out with? Look at these guys!"

The photo wasn't the only meme to stem from Mr Trudeau's visit to the White House: Twitter commenters also had a field day over the handshake between the two leaders, with one Twitter user joking: "Trudeau resisting Trump's weird handshake is the biggest display of dominance in the history of Canada."