An administration official has said that President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump will get an office in the White House.
Ivanka Trump had previously said that she moved to Washington, but wouldn’t play any formal role in the White House.
She is now going to have an office on the second floor of the West Wing, which is the hub of U.S. executive power, but she will not get any salary or official title.
The official also confirmed that the 35-year-old would have access to classified information as the media reports suggested. She is also set to receive security clearances and government-issued communications devices this week.
Her attorney Jamie Gorelick told Politico that she would serve as President Trump’s “eyes and ears” while providing advice on broad-ranging issues.
The attorney also said that Ivanka would adhere to the same ethics and records as government employees, even though she’s not technically an employee. Ethics watchdogs were quick to point out whether Ivanka would go as far as to eliminate all conflicts of interests, especially when she’s not subjected to all the ethics rules as a de facto White House adviser.
This is what Jamie Gorelick said in an interview with Politico:
“Having an adult child of the president who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground. Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not.”
Ivanka Trump reiterated the stance in a statement:
“I will continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life. 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 Trump, who owns her own fashion line, will be joining his husband Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to the President.
Questions have been raised about possible conflicts of interests due to the reported influence of the couple on President Trump.
It has also triggered debate about the boundaries of Trump family’s political and business activities.
Ivanka has been seen meeting the world leaders after the inauguration of President Trump in January, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.