President Donald Trump’s favorite child Ivanka Trump said in the past that she would not play a formal role in her father’s administration. Now, however, she is moving into her own office in the West Wing.
According to Politico, she is set to receive a security clearance as well as government-issued communications devices this week.
Ivanka has raised eyebrows by attending official events during visits by foreign dignitaries, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In everything but name, the first daughter is settling in as what appears to be a full-time staffer in her father’s administration, with a broad and growing portfolio — except she is not being sworn in, will hold no official position, and is not pocketing a salary, her attorney said.
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.
Ethics watchdogs have questioned the move, as she will serve as de facto adviser to the president without being sworn into any official role.
Her husband, Jared Kushner, is an official senior adviser to Trump. He was sworn in, but his appointment raised questions over the president’s blatant nepotism.
“I will continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life,” Politico quoted Ivanka Trump as saying. “While there is no modern precedent for an adult child of the president, I will voluntarily follow all of the ethics rules placed on government employees.”
Ivanka has said she would be distancing herself from the day-to-day operations of her eponymous brand and move her interests to a trust.