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Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

The first daughter previously announced she was getting a West Wing office and a security clearance


 
Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts.

The first daughter announced Wednesday that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House, saying she had “heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity.” She added that she has been “working in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”

The news about Ivanka Trump was first reported by The New York Times. A White House official said her title will be Assistant to the President.

In a statement, the White House said it was “pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as First Daughter and in support of the President.”

Trump previously announced she was getting a West Wing office and a security clearance, but would not officially join the administration. That decision had drawn criticism from ethics experts.

Several attorneys and government watchdog leaders last week wrote a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn asking him to reconsider his approval of Ivanka Trump serving her father without becoming an official government employee. Such a designation carries with it the requirement to follow an array of transparency and ethical provisions, including a law prohibiting conflicts of interest.

Trump had said she’d voluntarily follow such provisions.

Norman Eisen, who was President Barack Obama’s ethics counsellor, was among those who signed the letter. He said that “for a change in what has largely been an ethics disaster, the White House came to their senses. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be an isolated moment of sanity.”

Fred Wertheimer, president of the government watchdog group Democracy 21 and a co-writer of the letter to McGahn, said he commended Ivanka Trump for formalizing her status. “Democracy 21 praises Ms. Trump for her decision, which recognizes that it would have been wrong for her to function as a White House employee and not be subject to the same rules that apply to other White House employees,” he said in a statement.

Ivanka Trump’s attorney Jamie Gorelick said she will file the financial disclosures required of federal employees and will be bound by official ethics rules.

“Ivanka’s decision reflects both her commitment to compliance with federal ethics standards and her openness to opposing points of view,” Gorelick said.

Trump had already sought to distance herself from her business interests.

She continues to own her brand. But she has handed daily management to the company president and has set up a trust to provide further oversight. The business cannot make deals with any foreign state, and the trustees will confer with Gorelick over any new agreements. Ivanka Trump will also be able to veto proposed new transactions.

With the Trump Organization, Ivanka Trump has stepped down from a leadership role and will receive fixed payments rather than a share of the profits.


 
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Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

  1. The hypocrisy of this Administration knows no bounds. Can you imagine the outrage from the right if Hillary had won the Presidency and Chelsea was in the West Wing with access to classified information and a security detail?? THe folks at Fox would be foaming at the mouth. Instead, we have a First Family that is spending tax payers dollars for having the third wife holed up in New York costing milllions of dollars in security to stay in NYC. Then you have the security for the weekends at Mar-A-Lago. Not to mention the fact that the son’s and his family travel the world for Trump’s business interests with security and travel expenses are being paid for the US taxpayers.
    Other than selling handbags, shoes and clothing with her name on it, what qualfications does she have?? So she sat in on meetings about improving child care benefits. Where was she last week when her dad was trying to ram through legislation that would essentially cut off prenatal and maternity care for millions of women in the US? Oh yes, she was skiing in Aspen on the taxpayers dime.