A little more than a month before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the transition team was vehemently refuting a story that Ivanka Trump would be setting up in the First Lady’s office. On Monday, it appears that she has officially claimed her office space, on the second floor of the West Wing, effectively joining the presidential staff.
Ivanka Trump’s role, according to her attorney Jamie Gorelick, will be to serve as the president’s “eyes and ears” while providing broad-ranging advice, not just limited to women’s empowerment issues. Last week, for instance, Ivanka Trump raised eyebrows when she was seated next to Angela Merkel for the German chancellor’s first official visit to Trump’s White House.
As her role in the White House grows — a role that comes with no playbook — Ivanka Trump plans to adhere to the same ethics and records retention rules that apply to government employees, Gorelick said, even though she is not technically an employee. But ethics watchdogs immediately questioned whether she is going far enough to eliminate conflicts of interest, especially because she will not be automatically subjected to certain ethics rules while serving as a de facto White House adviser.
The First Daughter is working on obtaining security clearances and will obtain her government-issued communications devices this week. Of course, it’s not as if the younger Trump has been uninvolved in her father’s administration this point.
She attended his first meeting with a foreign leader as president-elect, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and was seated next to Chancellor Angela Merkel during her recent visit. She accompanied her father to greet the body of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens.
Until now she has been a part of the “kitchen Cabinet” of the president since he was elected, the White House is now just making it official.
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